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Pop Tenor Saxophonists - Sax Player Kirk Whalum and Saxophonist Tom Scott.

Jazz Tenor Saxophone Players - Michael Brecker, Ernie Watts, Chris Potter, Branford Marsalis, Joshua Redman, Eric Alexander and Jeff Coffin.

Old School Tenor Sax Players - Dextor Gordon, Stan Getz, Hank Mobley, Coltrane, The Prez, Sonny Rollins.
I researched the web and compiled a Tenor Sax Player List from Forum Posts at Sax On The Web's most popular boards on the topic. The question was asked - Who is your favorite living Tenor Saxophone Player?

Nearly 20 pages of replies gave me a great starting point. I then added my favorite Tenor Saxophonists missing Tenor Players and I began adding the 'not so living' Tenor Saxophone Hero's from the past also. See a Favorite Tenor Sax Player missing - email me please.

Thanks for all the emails. I do add Tenor Saxophonists as time allows. Many a Sax Player has recorded on more than one Saxophone and I will try and be fair to any of the "NAMES" that have spent some time blowing a Tenor Sax and making it sound good. Thanks again for taking the time to email with so many tenor great players to include!!

Tenor Saxophone Player List

In Alphabetical order:

Tenor Saxophonist "A"

Gerald Albright
Eric Alexander
Lee Allen
Harry Allen
Gene Ammons
Tim Armacost
Georgie Auld

Tenor Sax Players "B"

Gato Barbieri
Alan Barnes
Piotr Baron
Gordon Beadle
Bob Berg
Jerry Bergonzi
Mr. Leon "Chu" Berry
Seamus Blake
Ralph Bowen
Don Braden
Michael Brecker
Herr Brotzmann
Cornelius Bumpus
Igor Butman
Don Byas

Tenor Saxophonists "C"

Ed Calle
Chris Cheek
Pete Christlieb
Andrew Clark
Clarence Clemmens
Tony Coe
Jeff Coffin
Al Cohn
Ornette Coleman
George Coleman
Mel Collins
John Coltrane
Ravi Coltrane
King Curtis

Tenor Saxophone Players "D"

Joey D'ambrose
Eddie Daniels
Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis
Karl Denson
Mando Dorame
Chet Doxas
Phil Dwyer

Tenor Saxophonist "E"

Teddy Edwards
Jon Ellis
Booker Ervin
Wayne Escoffrey

Tenor Sax Players "F"

Joe Farrell
Wilton Felder
Frank Fontaine
Jimmy Forrest
Frank Foster
Joel Frahm
Bud Freeman

Tenor Saxophone Players "G"

Jan Garberek
George Garzone
Wardell Gray
Jimmy Greene
Stan Getz
John Gilmore
Gordon Goodwin
Sax Gordon
Dexter Gordon
Wardell Gray
Johnny Griffin
Steve Grossman
Benny Golson

Tenor Saxophone Player "H"

Scott Hamilton
Eddie Harris
Wendell Harrison
Tubby Hayes
Coleman Hawkins
Jimmy Heath
Joe Henderson
Kenny Hing
Dan Higgins
Red Holloway
James Houlik
Joe Houston

Tenor Saxophonist "J"

Willis "Gator" Jackson
Illinois Jacquet
Plas Johnson
Clifford Jordan

Tenor Saxophone Players "K"

Richie Kamuca
Stan Kenton
John Klemmer
Rahsaan Roland Kirk
Ernie Krivda

Tenor Sax Players "L"

Pat Labarbera
Harold Land
Ronnie Laws
Yusef Lateef
Bob Lee
Dave Liebman
Joe Lovano
Charles Lloyd

Tenor Saxophonist "M"

Rick Margitza
Branford Marsalis
Warne Marsh
Scott Martin
Donny McCaslin
Big Jay McNeely
Gary Meek
Don Menza
Eddie Miller
Bob Mintzer
Billy Mitchell
Hank Mobley
James Moody
LeRoi Moore
Ralph Moore
Mike Murley
David Murray

Tenor Sax Players "N"

Gerry Niewood
Fathead Newman
Sam Newsome

Tenor Sax Players "O"

Dave O’Higgins
John Orsini

Tenor Saxophone Players "P"

Denis Payton
Ken Peplowski
Jim Pepper
Rich Perry
Houston Person
Ed Peterson
Flip Phillips
Greg Piccolo
Lenny Pickett
Billy Pierce
Chris Potter
Seldon Powell

Tenor Sax Players "Q"

Ike Quebec
Paul Quinichette

Tenor Sax Players "R"

Boots Randolph
Dewey Redman
Joshua Redman
Scott Robinson
Bob Rockwell
Sonny Rollins
Charlie Rouse
Babe Russin
Marc Russo

Tenor Sax Players "S"

David Sanchez
Pharaoh Sanders
Clifford Scott
Archie Shepp
Andy Sheppard
Bob Sheppard
Mark Shim
Wayne Shorter
Maciej Sikala
Zoot Sims
Steve Slagle
Tommy Smith
Walter Smith III
Andy Snitzer
Chris Speed
Aaron Stewart
Grant Stewart
Sonny Stitt
Marcus Strickland
John Stubblefield
Ira Sullivan

Tenor Sax Players "T"

Lew Tabackin
Greg Tardy
Ohad Talmor
Steve Tavaglione
Louis Taylor
Nino Tempo
Gary Thomas
Lucky Thompson
Pietro Tonolo
Mark Turner
Stanley Turrentine
Red Tyler

Tenor Saxophone Players "U"

No Tenor Sax Players Listed "U"

Tenor Saxophone Players "V"

Greg Vail

Tenor Saxophone Players "W"

Junior Walker
Gene Walker
Bennie Wallace
Vince Wallace
Tim Warfield
Grover Washington Jr.
Noble Watts
Ben Webster
Frank Wes
Brice Winston
Kirk Whalum
Bert Wilson
Don Wise
Ricky Woodard

Tenor Saxophone Players "X"

No Tenor Saxophonists Listed for X

Tenor Saxophone Players "Y"

Lestor Young

Tenor Saxophone Players "Z"

Tony Zimmers

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