Jazz It Up on Saxophone Day

Saxophone Day, held annually on November 6, provides a wonderful excuse to enjoy the brilliance that this often underrated instrument adds to musical endeavors. The saxophone has earned an important place in classical, pop and rock music, but is intrinsically linked with jazz music. So why not take the opportunity to jazz it up on Saxophone Day?

Learn how to play the saxophone

The desire to be able to play a musical instrument often sits quite high on many people's bucket lists. New Year's resolutions often result in people enrolling in guitar, piano or violin lessons. The saxophone tends to feature less prominently, but learning the instrument can be extremely rewarding. What's more, saxophonists get extra kudos for playing a less commonplace, but very cool, instrument.

Go to a jazz gig

To experience saxophone music as it should be heard, head to your local jazz club. Live music is always a thrill, and saxophone-infused jazz in an intimate setting is especially uplifting and enjoyable. Check your local music listings to learn which bands are playing and when, and then help introduce your friends to the thrill of great saxophone-inspired jazz.

Discover the music of some of the all-time saxophone greats

The saxophone was invented by Adolphe Sax in 1846, and since then, there have been many great heroes of the instrument. If you're not already familiar with their work, then it is well worth checking out the saxophone genius of musicians such as Charlie Parker, Coleman Hawkins, John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins. As influential to jazz as the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton have been to rock, these other artists helped put the saxophone on the map.

Watch Lisa Simpson play the saxophone

Mention the saxophone these days, and one name that will spring to many people's lips is Lisa Simpson. The Simpsons has, of course, been one of the most successful cartoons of all time. In choosing the saxophone as Lisa's instrument of choice, the show's writers have undoubtedly raised the instrument's profile with a new generation. If you want to see how to jazz it up on Saxophone Day, then look no further than the episode Moaning Lisa, where 8-year-old Lisa teams up with her sax mentor, Bleeding Gums Murphy, for a rousing saxophone duet.

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