On this day in 1846, the saxophone was patented by Adolphe Sax in Paris, France. The saxophone is a woodwind instrument, although it's usually made of metal. The saxophone is best known for it's use in jazz, military band, and classical music. Also, it's totally helpful in wooing members of the opposite sex.

If you went to college, there's a good chance that you or somebody living near you had a John Coltrane Blue Train poster on a living room wall. John Coltrane played the saxophone and spent time in the navy. He was also awarded a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation in 2007.

Bruce Willis + Ghosts Escape From Sax
  • derek erdman
  • Bruce Willis + Ghosts Escape From Sax

There's a good chance that you don't know the song "Feels So Good" by Chuck Mangione by it's title, but if you were to listen to it, you'd recognize it as familiar. The main instrument in that song is the American flugelhorn, not the saxophone. I just wanted to bring that song up because it's pretty good.

Oh, and what about the saxophone hook on "Baker Street" by Gerry Rafferty? That's a killer! Though I almost prefer the UFO "whooshing" sound that follows immediately afterward.

If you have a saxophone around lying around your house or workplace, you should play it today as a tribute. Play it really loud and drive your neighbors bats. Call the cops on yourself. Jazz composer Albert Ayler once threw his saxophone through a television set in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio!

Do you like the saxophone? What is the best song that features a saxophone? What is a saxophone?