Dave Mullen

Born: April 20, 1966    Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor

Dave Mullen

Saxophonist, composer and producer David Mullen (AKA “Mahoney”) is a truly unique voice on his instrument, blending a long lineage of players into a vital and original style.

David first became interested in playing through his father, who was a DJ in the late 50s and 60s, and had an extensive collection of 45s and LPs. “I remember fingering through his collection of jazz, early R&B, and rock n' roll, and just loving the feel and energy of those recordings. The sax was so dominant in all of the styles of music that were happening back then, and I think that's what drew me to the sound of it.”...
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Winner Boston Music Awards Winner best horn player Rock n'Roll Hall of Fame "Battle of the Bands" 2007
”David Mullen on tenor and soprano saxes comes equally from the David Sanborn and Gato Barbieri schools of phrasing and rhythmic pulse, and he has a melodic sensibility on a par with Stan Getz as a young musician.” -Thom Jurek All Music Guide (AMG)

....”He's paid attention to a wide swath of records from the sax greats, learned the lessons without regurgitating them. A sparkling debut that's well worth your attention.” -Chris Spector Midwest record

“I’m not a big fan of much of what's called jazz today, however ”Mahoney's Way” is an exception, for what I've had to get used to. A wonderful project that includes most titles written by Mullen and an excellent re-make of Stevie Wonder's “As”. Some of the titles I prefer are the up tempo “Flip It”, “Chase Away Rain” and I love the “Like Rashaan” and it's apparent that Dave has been influence by some of the best. A great CD that could change the direction of modern jazz.” -WorldSpace Corporation Satellite Radio

As a leader: Dave Mullen and Butta- "Mahoney's Way" with Mark Egan, Mark Ribot, Nile Rodgers,Victor Jones and others Dave Mullen Quartet- "Live at the Knitting Factory" with Victor Jones,Reggie Washington, Dario Boente Dave Mullen and Butta- "Live at Mojos" with Mark Egan and Greg Gonzales

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Primary Instrument:
Sax, tenor

North Arlington, NJ

Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.

Many years teaching experience B.M. in Woodwind Performance Berklee College of Music

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Featured recording “Mahoney's Way”

Mahoney's Way
Self Produced (2006)

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