September 21, 2010
Writer: Don Sparhawk

The music of Saxophobia will visit Brigham Young University-Idaho Tuesday, Sept. 28, at 7:30 p.m. in the Oscar A. Kirkham Auditorium.

Saxophobia offers a rare glimpse at some of the most unusual saxophones ever made and pays tribute to some of the great jazz legends who contributed to the development of jazz and popularity of the sax.

The concert will feature Rob Verdi on the saxophone, along with other members of the Side Street Strutters Jazz Band. They will be accompanied by piano, bass and drums as they explore over a half-century of classic jazz melodies.

More than 10 different instruments will be featured, including a curved sopranino, slide sax, connosax, plastic alto, straight tenor, and even a 6.5-foot-tall contrabass saxophone.

In the early 1920s, Vaudeville shows were the hot ticket, and the saxophone was king. Over 100,000 saxophones were being sold each year, and instrument manufacturers were conjuring up extraordinary variations on Adolphe Sax's 1847 invention. Today, more than 150 years after its birth, the saxophone remains a strong force in many styles of music. Saxophobia presents an entertaining, rich history of the saxophone and the players who gave the sax its many voices.

Tickets for the Center Stage Performing Arts Series event are $6 for BYU-Idaho students and $10 for the general public. Tickets may be ordered by phone at (208) 496-2230 or online at