Dahi Divine

The list of notable jazz artists with Philadelphia is extensive. Add to the list tenor saxophonist, composer and bandleader Dahi Divine. What sets Divine apart from other young lions today is that his music moves the music forward in new directions while it demonstrates Divine’s deep respect for the trailblazing work of tenor titans who came before him. He rhythmically respects the tradition of swing while exploring new musical concepts that make you want to dance, groove or reflect. He released The Element, his recording debut as a leader featuring all-original material, on April 7, 2015. The following month he completed his final semester of jazz studies at The New School For Jazz & Contemporary Music and in July celebrated his 23rd birthday. The self-produced album heralds the arrival of an emerging artist whose command of his craft displays a level of virtuosity, eloquence and maturity as both an instrumentalist and writer that belies his age. In July, 2015 Divine was selected by Wynton Marsalis and Jazz At Lincoln Center to perform for the Museum of Modern Art’s “New Music for New York“ series. The program features up-and-coming jazz ensembles whose concerts emphasize original works to performing a world premiere composition. Divine performs at such venues as, Chris’ Jazz Café in Philadelphia and Smalls' in New York. He shared the stage with James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Charles Fambrough, Monnette Sudler, Arturo and Adam O’Farrill, Kenny Burrell, and Ira Sullivan, among others

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“For whatever reason the city is on a roll with jazz prodigies lately, headlined by drummer Justin Faulkner… Next in line is tenor saxophonist Dahi Divine...”

Shaun Brady, Editor Arts & Entertainment Philadelphia City Paper

“They’re badass, aren’t they?”

Dave Matthews, Dave Matthews Band Entertainment Weekly

“It’s difficult not to become a figure in the jazz scene after your first big performance is on the horn line for the Dave Matthews Band at the Grammy Awards.”

Michael Kline, Founder Exit 0 International Jazz Festival

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