NYC Train Commuters Treated to an Impromptu Saxophone Battle by Two Strangers

It’s not often that you see a saxophonist on your train commute to work in New York City. These commuters got a special treat one day when not one, but two, saxophonists began playing for them in the subway car.

It turns out the second saxophonist was Sapphire Adizes, an independent recording artist who makes jazz and dance music with the saxophone and other electronic sounds. He wrote his first sonata at the age of five and his first symphony at the age of seventeen.

Needless to say, a saxophone battle on a subway car was no big deal for him.

Sapphire Adizes subway saxophone

In July of 2019, he performed at an international festival, KotorArt. It was a composition called Wild Boar which told the story of his life. His YouTube channel only has about 1,100 subscribers, but this subway battle got him over 16 million views. Here he is performing Wild Boar at KotorArt.

We’re used to seeing guitar buskers on subway cars, sometimes even harmonica buskers. We definitely don’t see one saxophone busker on the subway car, let alone two.

The video starts with one saxophonist already playing, and you can see Sapphire putting his saxophone together. The camera soon follows Sapphire down the subway car where he joins the other saxophone player for a short battle before the video fades out.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen viral videos of subway performers. Jimmy Fallon and Miley Cyrus surprised a subway platform with a rendition of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Irish singer and songwriter Hozier was seen singing “Take Me To Church” on a New York City Subway earlier this year. Also, America’s Got Talent alum Mike Yung made a viral video singing “Unchained Melody” on the subway earlier this year.

Here without further ado, is Sapphire Adizes and an unknown saxophonist in the battle on the subway car.

Featured image: YouTube.