Dave Mullen 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.”

At the age of 14 David traveled to Paris and Canada and was recognized early on for his musical prowess. He garnished awards that included a scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. At Berklee, he studied with the “guru” of woodwind teachers Joe Viola (RIP), George Garzone, Bill Pierce and Andy McGhee, just to name a few. After graduating, David went on to win the 1988 Boston music award and moved to New York. The relocation quickly turned out to be a fruitful one, shortly there after performing locally and abroad. Some of his credits include appearing on MTV, Live @ Five, CBS, FOX and writing for PBS.

During his career, Dave has performed and /or recorded with: Roy Ayers,Nile Rodgers, Marc Egan, Marc Ribot, Danny Gottlieb, Delfeayo Marsalis, Victor Jones, John Hicks, Robin Eubanks, The Brand New Heavies, P-Funk, Eddie Hazel, Groove Collective, Gil Scott Heron, Brian Jackson, Blue Man Group, G Love and Special Sauce, and many others

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”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

Willing to teach

Advanced only


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




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