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You Saxy Beast

In 2014 the town of Dinant, and particularly the ”Association Internationale A. Sax”, celebrated the two-hundredth anniversary of the birth of the inventor of the Saxophone, Adolphe Sax.

Dinant is a city in Belgium on the banks of the Meuse River and backed by steep cliffs. Perched on an outcrop above town is the centuries-old fortified Citadel. It’s now a museum with sweeping views. Below it is the Gothic Collegiate Church of Our Lady. Nearby, on the site of saxophone inventor Adolphe Sax’s birthplace, Mr. Sax’s House has interactive exhibits on the instrument’s development.

The saxophone on the Stamp at the top is printed in relief, with the use of foil to give the image a rainbow effect.

The stamp sheet below features one of the most famous musicians to have played the saxophone, Charlie Parker, issued by St. Vincent in 1989. He has probably been the subject of more stamps and covers than any other jazz musician.

The saxophone has been depicted many times on postage stamps over the years and below are some examples:

Andorra, 2013.

Portugal, 2009.

Macedonia, 2015, celebrating the 175th year of the saxophone’s discovery.

Spain, 2010.

1995 Jazz musician’s sheet, among the artists being three great saxophonists – Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Coleman Hawkins.

United Nations Jazz Music sheet, 2014.

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