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Dave Anderson

Saxophonist and composer Dave Anderson brings a significant musical voice to the jazz scene. Anderson has performed with notable musicians including Clark Terry, Jim McNeely, Matt Wilson, Craig Taborn, Jay Thomas and Mel Torme. Although he plays in a modern style, the saxophonist has received accolades from jazz legends including Ray Brown and Rufus Reid. Increasingly Anderson has focused on composing original music for his bands such as Blue Innuendo, the Dave Anderson Quartet and Trio Real. Released in 2016, “Blue Innuendo” is Anderson’s first New York City recording as a bandleader on his new imprint Label 1, featuring a cast of leading jazz musicians: organist Pat Bianchi, guitarist Tom Guarna and drummer Matt Wilson.

Anderson began playing the saxophone at age eleven in his hometown of Cloquet, Minnesota. 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 still in high school. He was named outstanding high school soloist at several regional jazz festivals. Upon graduating from the University of Minnesota, he received a full fellowship to perform at the Aspen Music Festival in a student ensemble including future jazz notables Clarence Penn, Scott Whitfield and Ryan Kisor. Anderson has spent over a decade in and around the New York City music scene, including two years working in the music industry under legendary producer Creed Taylor. All About Jazz has called him “unquestionably, one of the most remarkable saxophone voices on the jazz scene today.”

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