William Edward Saxton (born June 28, 1946 in New York City) is an American hard bop tenor saxophonist.
He studied clarinet, composition and arrangement at the New England Conservatory in Boston, graduating in 1973 and worked with Pharoah Sanders, Jackie McLean and Bennie Maupin. He began working with Dannie Richmond in 1979, and he later worked with Charlie Persip's big band and Errol Parker. He has worked with Frank Foster, Clark Terry, Carmen McRae, Nancy Wilson, Tito Puente, Mongo Santamaria, Roy Ayers, Bobby Watson and Roy Haynes. He was a Friday-night regular at Nick's jazz pub in Harlem, before he fulfilled a dream of his and opened "New York's only Jazz Speakeasy", "Bill's Place", on West 133rd Street in Harlem in 2006.
- Beneath the Surface (Nilva, 1984) with John Hicks, Ray Drummond, Alvin Queen
- Atymony (Jazzline, 1993) with Carlos McKinney, Omar Avital, Noel Parris
With Dannie Richmond
With Ted Curson
- I Heard Mingus (Interplay, 1980)
With Big John Patton
With Jimmy Ponder
- Mean Streets – No Bridges (Muse, 1987)