Saxophone

Essays

The Saxophone’s Unlikely Journey Out of Meme Hell

After decades of mainstream banishment, artists like Kamasi Washington are ushering in a saxophone renaissance.
Jeff Andrews
6.25.18
Premieres

Vera's "Diamonds" Music Video Turns the Saxophone Into the SEXYphone

The Copenhagen singer and producer returns with a sultry track expressing frustrations about past relationships.
Trey Smith
3.2.18
Internet Exploring

Let's Talk About the Chinese Village That Worships the Sax and Kenny G

A New York Times story explores Sidangkou, the "saxophone capital" of China, and buddy, we're about it.
Phil Witmer
1.4.18
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

Watch Kamasi Washington Shred "Careless Whisper" at the BET Awards

When you have to pay tribute to the smoothness of George Michael, you have to get El DeBarge.
Phil Witmer
6.26.17
PROFILES

Colin Stetson Makes You Forget Everything You Knew About the Saxophone

He's worked with a long list of acts including Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, and he's completely changing the form of modern sax playing.
Jeff Andrews
5.5.17
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

Kenny G Plays Solo on Delta Flight, Passengers Have Sax at 30,000 Feet

A video of his semi-spontaneous solo, obtained by TMZ Saturday, forces us to ask: "What is charity?"
Alex Robert Ross
4.24.17
Premieres

Saxsyndrum Will Take You Sax to the Future on New Song "Up to You"

Montreal's pre-eminent experimental electronic jazz trio have gone pop, so we asked them about the change.
Phil Witmer
11.28.16
Interviews

We Got Extra Geeky with the Guy Who Made That 80s Justin Bieber Remix

You're gonna read two nerds talking about smooth jazz and you're going to like it.
Phil Witmer
6.21.16
The Borders Issue

Kamasi Washington Is America's Most Important Saxophonist

Saxophonist Kamasi Washington has introduced a new generation to the social consciousness, expressive modal, and fusion-jazz grooves of the civil rights era.
Wilbert L. Cooper
6.5.16
Interviews

Colin Stetson Reimagined a 1976 Polish Symphony as an Electronic Black Metal Opus with Saxophones

Arcade Fire and Bon Iver’s go-to sax machine recreates Henryk Górecki’s Third Symphony for a new generation.
Tom Beedham
4.18.16
Internet Videos Of Particular Importance

Lazyboy Empire's Video for "Vampire" Proves You Can Never Have too Much Sax

Time to get saxy. And BTW—this video has a body count and a whole lotta hip thrusting.
Kim Taylor Bennett
10.23.15
Interviews

Masego's Cooking in the Jazz Bando: Get Familiar with Trap House Jazz

"They were just like play some John Coltrane and get in the corner. But that’s just not how I work."
Tara Mahadevan
9.29.15
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