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Famous Jazz Alto Saxophonists

SAXBOY's short list of Great Alto Saxophonists:
Old School Alto Players - Charlie Parker, Cannonball Adderly, Paul Desmond, Johnny Hodges, Phil Woods.
Newer Jazz and Smooth Alto Players - David Sanborn, Gerald Albright, Eric Marienthal, Kenny Garrett, Vincent Herring.

The Big List of Alto Saxophone Players

...researched from forums, discussions, your suggestions and sax players the world over.

If you see a Famous Alto Saxophone Player missing from the list, email me at with the name and we will try and keep this list real and complete! Thanks for your emails and sorry for the slow responses!

A alto sax players
Mindi Abair
Jimmy Abato
Cannonball Adderly
Gerald Albright
Marshall Allen
Gilad Atzmon
Albert Ayler

B alto saxophonists
Gary Bartz
Gabe Baltazar
Jay Beckenstein
Tim Berne
David Binney
Arthur Blythe
Earl Bostic
Victor Assis Brasil
Anthony Braxton
Chris Byars

C alto saxophonists
Ace Cannon
Benny Carter
James Carter
Ronnie Chamberlain
Pete Christlieb
Tony Coe
Richie Cole
Steve Cole
Ornette Coleman
Steve Coleman
Buddy Collette
Hank Crawford
Sonny Criss
King Curtis

D alto saxophone players
Eric Darius
Francois Daneels
John Dankworth
Jesse Davis
Paul Desmond
Stefano Di Battista
Mike DiRubbo
Jerry Dodgian
Eric Dolphy
Lou Donaldson
Jimmy Dorsey
Paquito D'Rivera
Candy Dulfer

E alto sax players

F alto saxophone players
Brandon Fields
Sonny Fortune
Jimmy Ford
Gary Foster
Eli Fountain

G alto saxophonists
Al Gallodoro
Freddie Gardner
Kenny Garrett
Herb Geller
Rosario Giuliani
Dave Glasser
Jon Gordon
Alex Graham
Bunky Green
Gigi Gryce

H alto sax players
John Handy
Everette Harp
Joe Harriott
Donald Harrison
Antonio Hart
Tubby Hayes
Donald Hayes
Julius Hemphill
Ernie Henry
Woody Herman
Vincent Herring
Dan Higgins
Warren Hill
Johnny Hodges
Mark Hollingsworth
Cal Hubbard

I alto saxophone players

J alto saxophonists
Hilton Jefferson
John Jenkins

K alto sax players
Jeff Kashiwa
Soweto Kinch
Eric Kloss
Lee Konitz
Dave Koz

L alto sax players
Oliver Lake
Arnie Lawrence
Brad Leali
Walt Levinsky
Charles Lloyd
Sal Lozano
Jimmy Lyons

M alto saxophonists
Joe Maini
Charlie Mariano
Eric Marienthal
Andy Marsala
Hal McKusick
Jackie McLean
Charles McPherson
Bobby Millitello
Roscoe Mitchell
James Moody
Frank Morgan
Lanny Morgan
Jimmy Mosher
Bob Mover

N alto saxophone players
Oliver Nelson
Lenny Niehaus
David Newman

O alto sax players
Mike Osborne
Greg Osby
Dick Oatts

P alto saxophonists
Fausto Papetti
Charlie Parker
Maceo Parker
Michael Paulo
Art Pepper
PJ Perry
Dave Pietro
Chris Potter
Russell Procope

Q alto saxophonists
Gene Quill

R alto saxophone players
Nelson Rangell
Jon Raskin
Sonny Red - Sylvestor Kyner
Vi Redd
Dewey Redman
Jerome Richardson
Kim Richmond
Justin Robinson
Marshall Royal
Cambell Ryga

S alto sax players
Perico Sambeat
David Sanborn
Dave Schildkraut
Tom Scott
Bud Shank
Ian Hendrickson-Smith
Mike Smith
Tab Smith
Willie Smith
Jim Snidero
James Spaulding
Andrew Speight
Dick Stabile
Sonny Stitt
Frank Strozier
Roy Styffe

T alto saxophonists
Julius Tolentino

U alto sax players

V alto saxophone players
Greg Vail
Rocco Ventrella
Marc Vinci
Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson
Will Vinson

W alto saxophonists
Carlos Ward
Grover Washington Jr.
Kim Waters
Sadao Watanabe
Bobby Watson
Trevor Watts
Frank Wess
Rudy Wiedoeft
Bruce Williams
C.I. Williams
Pamela Williams
Steve Wilson
Albert Wing
Phil Woods
Leo Wright

X alto sax players

Y alto saxophone players
Douglas Yates
Georgie Young

Z alto saxophonists
Zack Zachery
Miguel Zenon
John Zorn

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