Rudy Wiedoeft is one of the all-time virtuosos of the saxophone. He became recognized as a virtuoso in America during 1910s and made more than 300 recordings. Particularly known for his playing of the C melody saxophone, Wiedoeft also did feature occasionally on the Bb soprano and Eb alto saxophone.

Wiedoeft is known for his rapid articulated phrasing in a rag time style, making use of advanced techniques such as ‘double-tonguing’ and ‘triple-tonguing’, as well as effects including ‘slap tongue’ and ‘laughing’ (which consists of altering the pitch of the current note being played). Although he incorporated some elements of early jazz into his playing, Rudy Wiedoeft is considered a pre-jazz artist.


Post by Andrew McNeill