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Before you started playing sax did you listen to Jazz?
I've been wondering this too. Why is it that as soon as you want to learn sax, people assume that you want to learn to play Jazz? I've seen it quite often on forums, someone asks "What's a good book for learning saxophone?" or something similar, and immediately it's assumed that they want to learn jazz, and/or perhaps classical, and the replies reflect that assumption. Those genres are not very popular with the general public, so to a newcomer, it seems a strange assumption to make.

It seems to me like Jazz is not dead, it just lives in saxophone forums now!
It's like a chicken and egg question though, which came first? Was Jazz your favourite genre, and the music you predominately listened to, so you bought a saxophone, or did you buy a saxophone, become exposed to Jazz, and then it became a favourite genre of yours?

Also, I saw a reference to Michael Buble, I've always liked that crooning swing style, and occasionally it pops up in mainstream music, Harry Connick Jr is another that springs to mind, if you label that as Jazz, then I guess Jazz could be called popular. What are people's thoughts on that?
 

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That's one hell of an assumption, and I don't understand what one should conclude from that anyway. Most of us started playing saxophone at a fairly young age. I listened to jazz before I played saxophone, mostly because my parents (who were not musicians) did, but I don't know how much real appreciation I had for any music then (i.e., as an 11-year-old).

Appreciation of almost anything (beyond basics like water, shelter, sex) is acquired via learning and exposure. It's certainly true for any art form. There's nothing about your statement above that's specific to Jazz.
Why do you assume that most people learn sax at an early age? That's a strange assumption to make!
I'm guessing that learning saxophone at school is common where you live, that's certainly not the case worldwide.
Your answer is basically, yes, I was conditioned to like jazz at a young age. Which was the assumption you're objecting to in your comment. :/
 
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