While searching the newspaper archives for interesting saxophone stories from the early part of the 20th century, I happened to come across some interesting quips about our instrument. I offer them here for your consideration and pondering.These saxophone quips are of course a reflection of their time, but I’m not so sure that a couple of them couldn’t be found in the routines of stand-up comics today.
The first is from Dubuque, Iowa’s The Telegraph-Harold. The year is 1936, and the day is New Year’s.
A famous musician tells us that the saxophone arouses evil passions, but you can say that about the auto horn.
The next is also from 1936. This comical exchange as well, could easily find itself in the repertoire of a stand-up comic.
“I’m happy because I’ve just done away with a saxophone player.”
“Good heavens, what will you get?”
Source: Youngstown Vindicator, May 13, 1936.
I could have seen the late Phyllis Diller delivering that joke. After all she also played saxophone, and she could play her Buescher True Tone curvy very badly—especially when she needed to…
This last saxophone quip is a bit more obscure. It is from 1930, and will most likely leave you pondering the relative worth of saxophones versus other instruments.
A young man has been arrested in Kansas for stealing a saxophone. What’s the country coming to, anyway? Next thing we know it will be considered a misdemeanor to assault a ukelele player.
Source: The Daily Times, January 28, 1930.
Getting back to one-liner saxophone jokes, here’s one for you…
Is that a wooden Xaphoon in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
Ba dump bump… I really do need a my own drummer.
Source: Springdale Music on eBay.com