“ 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 AB. 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 Glen 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.
Bachelor of Music performance, University of Alberta, 2006
Master of Music performance, University of South Florida, 2009
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