Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Dave Anderson is a saxophonist and composer who brings a significant music voice to the jazz scene. Proficient on all the members of the saxophone family, Anderson has performed around North America with notable musicians including Clark Terry, Gene Bertoncini, Jim McNeely, Matt Wilson, Craig Taborn, Nick Brignola and Mel Torme. Although he plays in a modern style, Anderson has received accolades from jazz legends including Ray Brown and Rufus Reid. Increasingly Anderson has focused on composing original music for projects such as The Dave Anderson Quartet, the James Baumgart-Dave Anderson duo, and Trio Real. Clarity, Anderson's debut recording as a leader on Pony Boy Records, features eight of his original songs and documents the development the quartet, which came together in January 2008 following a successful one-nighter at Egan's Ballard Jamhouse in Seattle.
Anderson began playing the horn at age eleven as altoist in the school band in his hometown of Cloquet. Initially inspired by listening to the jazz recordings of his older brother, Anderson sought out educational experiences for playing music, and began writing original compositions while in high school. He was named outstanding high school solosist at the Head of the Lakes Jazz Festival and outstanding college soloist at the Eau Claire Jazz Festival. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, he received a full fellowship to perform at the Aspen Music Festival. Dave spent ten years in and around the New York City music scene, including two years working in the music industry under legendary producer Creed Taylor.
Since moving to Seattle in 2005, Dave has performed with groups such as the Jay Thomas Big Band, and Emerald City Jazz Orchestra in addition to his own projects.
Anderson was cool and direct, but carrying a wide-range of emotions through each piece. - The Jet City Redhead
[The Dave Anderson Quartet] is definitely pushing the boundaries of Seattle...they will be pulling happy audiences into a new perspective. - J&J Music Newsletter
Smokin'! - Clark Terry
It's great to hear someone really care for the soprano saxophone. - Rufus Reid
I really enjoyed hearing [Dave] play! - Ray Brown
Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students
Selmer Mark VI alto sax (serial # 107K), w/ Meyer 6M mouthpiece
King Super 20 tenor sax (serial # 298K), w/ Labayle 7 mouthpiece (hard rubber)
Selmer Mark VI bari sax (serial # 210K), w/ Bob Carpenter 95''' mouthpiece (from a stock King hard rubber)