Antoine Joseph

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Antoine Joseph was born in Dinant, First French Empire back in 1814 to Charles, sorry my sources did not give his mother’s name. it’s a wonder he survived childhood. Just to give you an idea of what he went though as a child he fell for a height of three floors landing on his head, was seriously burned in a gunpowder explosion, fell onto a hot cast iron frying pan just to name a few.

He studied at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels. His parents were instrument designers so that prompted him to follow in their footsteps, well kind of. At 24 he patented an improvement of the brass clarinet. In 1842, he moved to Paris where he began to work on several different instruments. He taught at the Paris Conservatory in 1857. He suffered from lip cancer dying in 1894 in complete poverty. However, one of the instruments he invented continues to be used to this day.

What you may not know about Antoine-Joseph Sax is that he invented the saxophone in 1846. Until tomorrow try it for one day, that is to smile at everyone that passes you by, everyone you see and the list goes on.


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Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, James Dray .... the woodwind section of musical groups are very thankful for his talent as an instrument designer.... I played the clarinet through 8 of my school years.... sat first chair......was one of those nurds!!! loved it.

Jul 05, 2018 03:43 AM #1
Marco Giancola
Beachfront Realty - Miami Beach, FL
Realtor (305)608-1922, Miami Beach Florida

Greetings James-ah one of my favorite instruments, hope Mr. Sax had some joy mixed into his 80 years when he wasn't having some kind of accident!

Jul 05, 2018 04:03 AM #2
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning James Dray,

You have found a history making success when you found the saxophone inventor! To this day such an amazing instrument to master.

Jul 05, 2018 05:17 AM #3
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Hard to imagine surviving all those disasters - I am glad that he was able to create something so lasting. 

Jul 05, 2018 05:33 AM #4
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Antoine had a rough life and left us with a beautiful gift. Enjoy your day 

Jul 05, 2018 05:48 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I really enjoy the saxophone, and I had no idea who invented it.  Thanks to you I am a dash smarter today.  A

Jul 05, 2018 06:49 AM #6
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi James

Well I used to play the clarinet in Jr. and Sr. High School but never the's one of my favorite instruments...especially when I hear great jazz!


Jul 05, 2018 07:13 AM #7
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning James. This is a great read and I really enjoyed it. Incredible person and story.

Jul 05, 2018 07:42 AM #8
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James - he will be forever appreciated as the Sax rounds out the instruments in a band.

Jul 05, 2018 08:30 AM #9
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

I bet Bill Clinton was glad he invented it,  Saxes make some great jazz music.

Jul 05, 2018 09:14 AM #10
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Well, now I know where it got it's name from, a talented man indeed.  I hope that your morning is going well.

Jul 05, 2018 09:45 AM #11
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

So Antoine-Joseph Sax is the one who invented the saxophone and it's sweet sounds in 1846. Great to know James!

Jul 05, 2018 10:13 AM #12
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Without him we don’t have John Coltrane and that would be a crime.

Jul 05, 2018 11:19 AM #13
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- when I was in the junior all-city orchestra, I was in love with the oboe player!!!  Sad that he died as he did. 

Jul 05, 2018 06:04 PM #14
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

I love the saxophone.  Wonderful news, Antoine-Joseph Sax;  you have enriched all our lives with music from the Saxophone.

Jul 05, 2018 09:30 PM #15
faye schubert
Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

Loved the sound of the wind instruments as a 9 year clarinet player and dabbled with the sax. Can't play jazz without the sax and I even have a miniature sax signed by Boots Randolph!

Jul 06, 2018 05:54 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh, that is a great piece of history to know, James! My son plays the saxophone and I had no idea Antoine Joseph invented it!

Jul 06, 2018 08:51 PM #17
Kevin Mackessy
Blue Olive Properties, LLC - Highlands Ranch, CO
Dedicated. Qualified. Local.

Good history lesson, sometimes we need just a small burst of a not so popular tidbit.  

Aug 03, 2018 11:09 AM #18
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I too was thinking how different the world would be without a saxaphone. It's a great instrument and now we know who to thank. D 

Aug 03, 2018 12:00 PM #19
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