Aaron Sachs

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For the American historian, see Aaron Sachs (historian).

Aaron Sachs (July 4, 1923[1] - June 5, 2014)[2] was an American jazz saxophone and clarinet player.


Sachs, who was born in New York City, started as a young swing protégé of Benny Goodman,[1] and later eased into bebop music, playing with Earl Fatha Hines. He then formed his own bands, with some success recording and touring. He married singer Helen Merrill in 1948, a union which lasted only a few years. Their only child was their son, Allan P Sachs, professionally known as Alan Merrill born in 1951. In the 1960s, Aaron Sachs went into Latin music, playing with Machito, Tito Puente, and Tito Rodriguez. Sachs wrote a hit song for Tito Rodriguez, titled "El Mundo De Las Locas" and he also composed for Louis Bellson, with the mainstay tune "Blast Off". Sachs also co-wrote with Henry Glover a popular song for the bandleader Machito,[1] during the twist dance craze titled "Twist Changa" (Parts one and two), a double A-sided single in 1959 on Roulette Records.


Sachs recorded several solo albums. He has also recorded with Stan Getz, Sarah Vaughn, Chet Baker, Billie Holiday, Red Norvo,[1] Gene Krupa, Anita O'Day, Cozy Cole, and many other significant artists in the jazz field.[2]


Sachs died in New York on June 5, 2014, aged 90.[2]

Selected discography[edit]

  • Aaron Sachs Sextet (Bethlehem Records) (1954)
  • We Brought Our Axes (1954)
  • Jazzville, Vol. 3 (Dawn, Fresh Sound, 1957)
  • Clarinet and Co. (1957)[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Jason Birchmeier. "Aaron Sachs Biography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  2. ^ a b c "Aaron Sachs And Jimmy Scott, Gone". Allaboutjazz.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 
  3. ^ "Aaron Sachs Discography". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2014-07-05. 

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