Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Fred Haas, a Dartmouth graduate ('73), teaches Saxophone, Jazz Piano, Improvisation, Jazz History and Music Theory at Dartmouth College. He lives in Hartland, Vermont, and travels throughout New England and beyond performing and recording with a variety of musicians.
Fred brings to each of his performances and workshops a depth of experience and knowledge from over thirty-five years as a jazz musician and educator. His goal is to communicate a broad range of emotions through music as well as share information about the history of jazz and the art of jazz improvisation.
In 1997 Fred founded Interplay Jazz Camp, which provides an opportunity for musicians of all ages to participate in a relaxed and supportive learning environment with an experienced faculty that focuses on key aspects of the improvisational art of jazz. Daily yoga, meditation and tai chi, combined with marvelous food and a beautiful oceanside setting create the perfect atmosphere for the integration of mind, body, and spirit, thereby giving everyone the opportunity to more fully express themselves through music.
Fred’s CD label, JazzToons has produced several small group jazz CDs that feature Fred on saxophone, including I Thought About You (with pianist Bob Hallahan), Interplay (with guitarist Gene Bertoncini), Strike Up The Band and Friends (with the Paul Broadnax Quartet). Telling Stories, Fred’s most recent CD, is a collection of twelve original compositions. Fred (sax and piano) is joined on this CD by Gene Bertoncini on guitar and Michael Moore on bass.
Fred has performed with Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Clark Terry, Sheila Jordan, Pat Metheny, Lena Horne, Dionne Warwick, The Mitchell-Ruff Duo, Joe Morello, Milt Hinton, Attila Zoller, Don Cherry, Bob Brookmeyer, Gene Bertoncini, Milt Jackson, Louis Bellson and many others.
You won't find a more capable jazz player and teacher than Fred Haas, and that's a fact! --Clark Terry