Dave Mullen

Dave Mullen

Instrument: Saxophone, tenor | Location: New York City

"This record is firing on all cylinders. With a quintet of instrumentalists at the peak of their art, the music played here carries everything in its path."
—-Yves Dorison Culture Jazz

Updated: July 31, 2021

Born: April 20, 1966

Saxophonist/Composer/Producer Dave Mullen offers a welcome dose of SOLACE to a world sorely in need of it on his invigorating new album on Mullsoul Music Records that features the exhilarating musicianship of a group of his masterful peers: pianist Jon Cowherd, bassist Hans Glawischnig, drummer E.J. Strickland and, in a pair of special guest appearances, trumpeter Jim Seeley. The album was also mixed by the Grammy-winning producer engineer Jeff Jones, a regular collaborator with Jazz at Lincoln Center. Far from the somber elegy the title might imply, however, Mullen introduces 7 songs that pay homage to the likes of some of jazz's most iconic and inspiring voices John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, Duke Ellington, Michael Brecker, and Rahsaan Roland Kirk. Dave Mullen has been a staple on the NYC scene for years having performed and/or recorded with many renowned artists such as Nile Rodgers, Gloria Gaynor, Roy Ayers, Gil Scott Heron, Vic Juris, Marc Ribot, Mark Egan, John Hicks, Bernie Worrell, John Medeski, Hans Glawischnig, Boris Koslov, Jon Cowherd, P-Funk, Ben Vereen, The Brand New Heavies, Eddie Hazel, Brian Jackson, George Porter, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Walter “Wolfman” Washington, Claudio Roditi, Cecil Bridgewater, John Gros, Victor Jones, John Hicks, Billy “Bass” Nelson, Jerome Brailey, Blue Man Group, Slick Rick, Danny Gottlieb, Delfeayo Marsalis, Robin Eubanks, Horacio “El Negro” Hernandez, John Benitez, and many others

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”This record is firing on all cylinders. With a quintet of instrumentalists at the peak of their art, the music played here carries everything in its path.” -Yves Dorison Culture Jazz “Hot and hard hitting, there’s no slowing this cat and his pals down once they crank it up to break neck speed. Solid blowing that goes the distance throughout.” -Chris Spector Midwest Record ”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

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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, tenor


New York City

Willing to teach

Advanced only


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

Pharoah Sanders
saxophone, tenor
Michael Brecker
saxophone, tenor
John Coltrane
Dexter Gordon
saxophone, tenor
Joe Henderson
saxophone, tenor
David Murray
saxophone, tenor
Charlie Parker
saxophone, alto
Chris Potter
saxophone, soprano



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Dave Mullen Albums