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Dave Anderson

Saxophonist and composer Dave Anderson brings a significant musical voice to the New York jazz scene.

Anderson has performed as a saxophonist around North America with notable musicians including Clark Terry, Matt Wilson, Craig Taborn, Chico Pinheiro, Nicholas Payton and Mel Torme. He is currently a member of percussionist Memo Acevedo’s global jazz group, Manhattan Bridges, holding residency at New York’s Zinc Bar. Although he plays in a modern style, Anderson 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, Melting Pot and The Dave Anderson Quartet. He has recorded over 30 of his original compositions while developing a highly personal compositional/instrumental sound – one that is harmonically complex, melodically compelling and rhythmically exciting, yet accessible and appealing to lay listeners.

Dave Anderson was born in 1966 and raised in Cloquet, Minnesota. He signed up for the school band at the age of 11 and chose the saxophone. Soon after he began to play, his older brother began bringing home jazz records. Dave fell under their spell.

Winning awards as an outstanding high school soloist at area jazz festivals, Dave matriculated at the University of Minnesota after graduation from Cloquet High School—earning his degree in psychology rather than music, but spending much of his time in the music department and playing in the university’s jazz bands and symphonic wind ensemble. He won a full scholarship to the Aspen Music Festival, where he performed in a student ensemble that also included Clarence Penn, Ryan Kisor, Scott Whitfield, and Laurence Hobgood.

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”'Clarity' to the unhip. Mission accomplished.” — Jazz Times

“Unquestionably, one of the most remarkable saxophone voices on the jazz scene today.” — All About Jazz

“Anderson’s tenor playing is rich and synthesizes the influences of John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Bob Mintzer, Michael Brecker, and Chris Potter in one neat package...” — Jazz Views

“4 1/2 stars” — Bill Millkowski, DOWNBEAT review of “Blue Innuendo”

Primary Instrument



New York City

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Available for private students in Brooklyn, New York, at home studio or Brooklyn Conservatory of Music. Accepts jazz improvisation students on any instrument.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Available as a clinician for big bands, combos and masterclasses.
Masterclass topics include: Getting Started with Jazz Composition, Developing Layers of Time in Your Improvisations



Melting Pot



Trio Real

Pony Boy



Pony Boy Records




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