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Sun and Sax.

Sun and Sax.

The saxophone (also referred to as the sax) is a family of woodwind instruments. Saxophones are usually made of brass and played with a single-reed mouthpiece similar to that of the clarinet. Like the clarinet, saxophones have holes in the instrument which the player closes using a system of key mechanisms. When the player presses a key, a pad either covers a hole or lifts off a hole, lowering or raising the pitch, respectively.

The saxophone family was invented by the Belgian instrument maker Adolphe Sax in 1840. Adolphe Sax wanted to create a group or series of instruments that would be the most powerful and vocal of the woodwinds, and the most adaptive of the brass instruments, that would fill the vacant middle ground between the two sections. Sax patented the saxophone on June 28, 1846.

Saxophone players are called saxophonists.

Raphael Ravenscroft, who has died aged 60, received only £27 for his great saxophone solo on Gerry Rafferty's song Baker Street – and the cheque bounced.

Baker Street, Gerry Rafferty's masterpiece from the album City To City, sold more than four million copies worldwide and hung on to the number two spot in the US Billboard Chart for six weeks in 1978.

More than 30 years later, the song was still earning Rafferty, who died in January 2011, royalties of nearly £80,000 per year.


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Candid street shot, Toronto, Canada.

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Photo taken @ Toronto on 6 May 2016 (© Neil. Moralee / Flickr)

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