After its resurgent pop-rock hey days during the 1980s, the saxophone was in danger of dying out, in danger of becoming unbearably unfashionable. But the sax lives on as we discover in this week'sMusic 101 feature The Secret Life of Saxophonists.

Who are the Kiwi saxophonists who keep the fire burning?

Nick Atkinson, a saxophonist himself, sifts through the sediment of endless jazz-funk jams to discover a living breathing horn culture kept alive by a diverse tribe of local players.

Produced by Nick Atkinson for Radio New Zealand National