The national jazz scene's best kept secret
DALE FIELDER BRIEF BIOGRAPHY
Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and bandleader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who
plays all four
saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original
compositions and choice
of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations.
recorded over 14 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in
1993 with his first
CD Free Flow.
Dale Fielder grew up in Midland, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Pittsburgh where he studied oboe, bassoon,
and tuba in the
school system and clarinet, saxophone, composition and arranging privately with noted Pittsburgh area
Phillip Celli. During his high school years, he also performed in the local territory R&B band, The Ohio
out of Steubenville OH, that was affiliated with the Stax Recording Company. Fielder is also a product of
the University of
Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis.
jazz performance was as a member of the Joe Harris Quartet, former drummer of the Charlie
Parker Quintet and Dizzy Gillespie Orchestra. After relocating to NYC, he was a recipient of a National
Endowment for the
Arts grant in 1984, studying with trumpeter/composer Frank Gordon and completed his first large work,
The Aquarian for
alto saxophone and chamber orchestra. While in NYC, he also performed with a host of current jazz stars
pianist/composer Geri Allen and trombonist Robin Eubanks among many others.
After eight years in NYC, Fielder moved to Los Angeles and studied with alto legend, Charles McPherson.
embarked on the challenging path of becoming a bandleader, establishing the Dale Fielder Quartet, the
DFQ, with pianist
Harold Land, Jr. in 1988. After bursting on the national jazz scene with two top-twenty CDs: Free Flow
(1993) and Know
Thyself (1995), in 1996, Fielder recorded a very successful national top-ten CD, Dear Sir: Tribute
To Wayne Shorter to widespread critical acclaim. In 1997, Fielder received his first commission and wrote
eleven-movement jazz suite, Ocean Of Love And Mercy, which was recorded in performance by an all-star
released by Cadence Jazz Records. He has since performed throughout Europe and Asia with his Quartet.
Selected as BET’s
1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET.
In 2003, Fielder released his most important and ambitious work, his hour-long third extended jazz suite,
Suite: Clarity to
international critical acclaim. His 2005 CD, Baritone Sunride also received international attention bringing
recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The
Music Of Pepper
Adams, continues to document his classic jazz quartet, now with legendary jazz pianist Jane
Getz, that as of 2014 is celebrating their 19th consecutive year together. Fielder's recent projects include
with his avant-garde quartet, Luminous Monolith, his fourth extended work, Light and Shadow,
performed at Lenoir-Rhyne College of Fine Arts in North Carolina and his on-going exploration of the
music of Pepper
Adams, in 2012 with L.A. performances with baritone great Gary Smulyan. Fielder also performed and
acted in the play
Nobody Walks Like My Daddy and won a nomination for 'Best Supporting Male Actor by the NAACP
Theater Awards in
2012. In 2013, Fielder performed around the country at various venues with his new Dale Fielder Tribute
Quintet with a new project focusing on the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961.
from this project has been recorded and released as the CD Each Time I Think of You on the Clarion Jazz
label in October
of 2012 and is available on iTunes and CD Baby.com.
For 2014, Fielder released his 15th CD: “Dream Dancing” – Dale Fielder Live @ Lincoln Park. Back with
his Quartet in
2016 with Jane Getz, Fielder released his 16th CD project, the 2-disc 20th Anniversary album entitled,
2017, Fielder's label Clarion Jazz released 2 on-line CDs of past performances. From 2006, there is the
eclectic nujazz CD
Sensuous Universe and from 2014, Saxophone Standards an album of jazz standards with his quartet.
Both are available online at Bandcamp. 2018 started out with the long overdue release of Fielder's first
recording in 1983, entitled,
Scene From A Dream featuring the late great jazz pianist Geri Allen. 2019 began with 2 new CD releases.
Threshold, released March 2019 by the Rajjahz label is a jazz/gospel/spiritual project bringing his Tribute
Quintet back together again. And his
21st CD Consensus, released June 8, 2019, in performance at Alvas Showroom in June 2019 features all
new Fielder originals , 3 standards,
and a powerful all-baritone outing by the leader. Fielder says the recording is his best yet.