sax

noun
\ ˈsaks How to pronounce sax (audio) \
plural saxes

Definition of sax

informal
: saxophone plays sax in a local jazz ensemble often used before another nouna sax playerThe transmission, as one editor put it, "is as smooth as a Paul Desmond sax solo."— John Phillips

Examples of sax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Tyner was teamed with Philadelphia sax player Benny Golson and trumpeter Art Farmer in 1960 when Coltrane, out on his own after playing with Miles Davis, came calling. Dan Deluca, SFChronicle.com, "Philadelphia loses a native-son jazz giant: Groundbreaking pianist McCoy Tyner dies at 81," 8 Mar. 2020 Weighing against that hypothesis is the lone smooth-jazz troll (Jamie Dornan), also a bounty hunter, whose mellow sax playing induces lysergic visions and paralysis. Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, "‘Trolls World Tour’ Review: Can’t Hog the Mic," 10 Apr. 2020 Smooth-jazz sax man Najee will appear Aug. 5 in a show to be recorded live. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "First batch of 2020 shows set for Aretha amphitheater: Isleys, Jeezy, jazz series, more," 18 Feb. 2020 One of the members even puts down his sax to wail a few songs with bell-like clarity. Morena Duwe, Billboard, "Meet Meute, the German Marching Band That Plays Only Electronic Music Covers," 11 Dec. 2019 The second of four boys, Will's father, David, was an estate planner who loved Dixieland and played clarinet and soprano sax in the group the Riverboat Rascals. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Wisconsin native Will MacGregor played bass for scores of rock greats, from Keith Richards to Chuck Berry," 23 Jan. 2020 But Jack Cooper’s guitar and Jeff Tobias’s sax didn’t duel during the 55-minute set. Washington Post, "From hushed balladry to blasts of free-jazz sax, Modern Nature entrances at first U.S. show," 10 Jan. 2020 Listen to Destructo's Sunrise Sermon with Griz on sax, Bob Moses, Boys Noize and Danny Daze below, as well as an official thank you after-clip from FriendShip 2020. Kat Bein, Billboard, "Destructo Shares 4-Hour FriendShip Set Feat. Griz, Boys Noize, Bob Moses & Danny Daze," 22 Jan. 2020 Envisage Collective, made up of Kris Allen on sax, Chris Dingman on vibraphone and Noah Baerman on piano. Susan Dunne, courant.com, "Hartford’s Baby Grand Jazz Series announces 2020 lineup," 4 Dec. 2019

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circa 1923, in the meaning defined above

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“Sax.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sax. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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