Gato Barbieri a Famous Jazz Saxophonist Passed Away


Gato Barbieri a well-known Latin jazz saxophonist Leandro passed away in New York, US due to pneumonia at the age of 83 years. For best instrumental composition for his music for Last Tango he had won a Grammy Award in 1973.

About Gato Barbieri

  • He was born on November 28, 1932 as Leandro Barbieri in Rosario, Argentina.
  • He had earned the nickname Gato-the cat in Spanish in his native Argentina because of the way he scurried between clubs with his saxophone for gigs in 1950s.
  • During his career he had recorded number of albums over a career spanning more than seven decades.
  • He had recorded some 35 albums between 1967 and 1982.
  • He had increased importance of international music after playing alto saxophone in an orchestra led by Lalo Schifrin, the pianist and composer.
  • He was awarded with the Latin Grammy lifetime achievement award for his career in 2015.

About Tenor Saxophone

  • The is a medium-sized saxophone from a group of instruments invented by Adolphe Sax in the 1840s.
  • The tenor and the alto are the two most commonly used saxophones.
  • The tenor is leaning in the key of Bb and written as a moving instrument in the treble clef, sounding an octave and a major second lower than the written field.
  • Modern tone saxophones which have a high F key have a range from Ab2 to E5 (concert) and are therefore pitched one octave below the soprano saxophone.
  • People who play the tenor saxophone are known as “tenor saxophonists” or “tenor sax players”.

- Published/Last Modified on: April 5, 2016