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The saxophone is one of the most dynamic of the instruments used in jazz. It has a vocal tonality that can range from raspy to airy and go from high and soaring to low and deep. On the morning of the photo shoot, thirteen of the most influential jazz saxophonists were photographed. Some of them, from first glance, may not be as recognizable as others but guaranteed their music speaks volumes.

This week we take a look at the evolution of the low end of the saxes, the baritone and tenors. These players have defined recordings, performances, sounds, and styles with their rhythmic sensibilities, tonal innovations, and harmonic compositions. Take a look as we go down the line.

Today commemorates the death of a beloved leader in the grand lineage of jazz music, Thelonious Monk, October 10, 1917-February 17, 1982. Monk is revered as an architect of bebop, and one of the most influential jazz composers, pianists, characters of all time.