Dan Sawyer is an accomplished musician (guitar & saxophone) who has performed all over the world with the likes of Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand and Aretha Franklin. Dan is also an award-winning composer for many popular animated series (Nickelodeon’s “Doug”, Disney's 101 Dalmatians, PB&J Otter) and has written and produced music for over 300 TV shows. His latest CD is a groundbreaking collection of ukulele tunes. In the jazz world, Dan has played with many of the top artists including Victor Feldman, James Moody, Tom Scott, John Clayton and Gerald Wilson.
Downbeat young musician award. ASCAP and Golden Reel awards for his work writing music and main title themes for both television and film. These include the cartoon series Doug, 101 Dalmations, Los Angeles Lakers, Disney’s Stanley, The New Mickey Mouse Club, Doug’s First Movie and PB&J Otter.
An absolute delight was Dan Sawyer, a very musical guy with the sounds and the moves to supercharge the quintet. His educated fingers were in constant motion with split-second decisions of fingerboard positions and fluid movements that made his enviable playing ability appear easy, when it was anything but that! He celebrated every song with body language showing enjoyment of each note played.
Harvey Barkan, Jazz Notes, March 2014