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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Saxophone Facts | BLUE THING #3: Amazing New Facts and Statistics

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Commemorating the patent filing of the saxophone on May 17th, 1846, TNNWC proudly presents:

Amazing Facts About the Saxophone and its Inventor

  • The saxophone was invented in 1840 by Belgian musician Adolphe Joseph Sax
    When he was 2 years old, he fell out of a second story window and fractured his skull.
    When he was 6 years old, he mistakenly drank boric acid.
    When he was 9 years old, he fell over a small cliff and broke his leg.
    When he was 11 years old, he contracted measles and was in a coma for nine days.
    When he was 14 years old, he broke his arm when he caught it in a carriage door.
    When he was 19 years old, he was struck on the head by a falling brick.
    When he was 23 years old, he almost died from the effects of tainted wine.
    When he was 29 years old, he invented the Saxophone

    The saxophone has become associated with mostly with American music
    Their are five main types of saxophones. They are called, from highest sounding to lowest, Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Baritone and Bass.

  • Blind saxophonist Rahsaan Roland Kirk was known to play multiple saxophones at the same time, essentially becoming a one-man saxophone section.

  • The saxophone was originally meant to be played in classical ensembles and concert bands, but it is now more closely associated with jazz, rock and funk bands.

  • Many famous musicians have played the saxophone including John Coltrane, Kenny G, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band and LeRoi Moore of the Dave Matthews Band.

  • Circular breathing is used by saxophonists to hold long, uninterrupted notes. The most famous circular breathing saxophonist is Kenny G who once held a single uninterrupted note for 45 minutes without stopping.

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