dan davis


conservatory instructor
I enjoy working with a broad range of students: beginners, high school students preparing for university, adult amateurs. When my students grow as performers and musicians, I'm happy.


Dan Davis is a saxophonist and educator from Edmonton, Alberta. He completed his Masters in Jazz Studies at the University of South Florida in 2009. The Writers’ Guild, a new music composition collective he co-leads, received a WCMA nomination for their record “Based on a True Story.” In 2015, Dan’s composition “What Happens Next” received an Edmonton Music Award for Best Jazz Recording.

Dan has been fortunate enough to perform with P.J. Perry, Tommy Banks, Jim Head, Joel Gray, Juno winners Mike Murley and Kevin Turcotte, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, the Yardbird Suite Jazz Orchestra, the Edmonton Jazz Orchestra, and the Glenn Miller Orchestra.

Dan’s latest project is a tribute to the Gerry Mulligan/Chet Baker quartet, which has taken Dan back to his baritone saxophone playing roots. The music is colourful and vibrant, cool and reserved—quintessential west coast jazz from the 1950s.

Currently, Dan is an instructor at MacEwan University and the MacEwan Conservatory of Music at Alberta College. He gives master classes and performances around his home province of Alberta and across Western Canada.


Dan Davis offers private saxophone lessons in person at the Alberta College Campus and online for ages 10+.  He teaches classical, jazz, and blues styles. He has many years of experience working with young students to high school students with beginner to advanced levels, RCM levels 1-10. Students can look forward to annual performance recitals. Whether learning the sopranino, soprano, alto, tenor, baritone or bass saxophone, Dan can support your music education. 

He also offers jazz music classes for adults. Visit our registration site for more infromation.

Request lessons with Dan to discuss specific availability and rates for private saxophone lessons.


  • Bachelor of Music Performance, University of Alberta, 2006
  • Master of Music Performance, University of South Florida, 2009

Performances / compositions / recordings

  • A/B trio, Take No Prisoners, 2012
  • Writers' Guild, Based on a True Story, 2014
  • A/B trio, Out West, 2014
Dan is a great inspiration and wonderful instructor. Dan was the exact type of instructor I needed to give me the edge in my instrument. Thank you!!!
Ijaz, Saxophone Student