Definition of saxophone in English:


Line breaks: saxo|phone
Pronunciation: /ˈsaksəfəʊn


A member of a family of metal wind instruments with a reed like that of a clarinet, used especially in jazz and dance music.
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  • Guitars, flutes, trombones, saxophones and clarinets all combine to play back up to her vocals.
  • It's always performed by big bands, with trumpets, trombones and saxophones, sometimes with flutes, and always with Cuban percussion - the congas, bongos and timbales.
  • But jazz quartets can be varied with a trumpet or a saxophone or even a flute or clarinet.


from the name of Adolphe Sax (see saxhorn) + -phone.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfɒnɪk/
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  • Whether handling tenor, soprano or baritone, Carter seems to reference almost every point in saxophonic history simultaneously.
  • They did not glitter like the beautiful Chrysler building, a saxophonic symphony to the Jazz Age.


Pronunciation: /sakˈsɒf(ə)nɪst, ˈsaksəˌfəʊnɪst/
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  • Though initially inspired by Charlie Parker, Bartz eventually proved himself to be one of the few alto saxophonists to successfully draw on John Coltrane's legacy.
  • There are four flautists, two percussionists, five trumpet players, a trombonist and a tuba player, two alto saxophonists, a soprano, a tenor, and a baritone sax, one bassoon, and twenty violins.
  • This neglect has been changing as contemporary saxophonists ask composers to create a new repertoire for their instrument.

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