David Larsen

David Larsen

Musicians | Instrument: Saxophone, baritone | Location: Spokane

David Larsen plays his originals in his own voice, displays plenty of fresh and inventive ideas, and shows that he has the potential to become one of the top baritone-saxophonists in modern jazz.

—Scott Yanow, jazz journalist/historian

Updated: April 25, 2023

Born: November, 1980

David Larsen is the director of instrumental studies at Spokane Falls Community College. He holds a PhD from Washington State University and degrees from Pacific University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University. David has been a presenter/performer for the Jazz Education Network, North American Saxophone Alliance, and several other conferences and festivals.

David is an active adjudicator and works with various festivals around the US.

David has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Halie Loren.

David’s release, The Mulligan Chronicles (2021), is an homage of Gerry Mulligan and has received international radio play and rave reviews. Recently, David appeared on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was featured on the award-winning Halie Loren album Butterfly Blue (2015). Larsen’s previous releases include Borrowed Time (2018), One of a Kind (2016), and Night Shift (2016).

David is an active composer. His published works cover a wide variety of styles and genres. His compositions have won numerous awards including JW Peppers Editor’s Choice for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. His music has been performed and recorded by a wide variety of groups around the U.S. and abroad.

His compositions and arrangements have been played by Washington State University, University of Oregon, and others around the country.


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Primary Instrument

Saxophone, baritone



Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


David Larsen is the instrumental music director at Spokane Falls Community College. In addition to running large ensembles, David is an accomplished saxophonist and composer. David teaches lessons at the college as well as for students seeking to improve their skills on saxophone or as a composer and arranger. Skype lessons are okay.

Clinic/Workshop Information

David Larsen is an active adjudicator and clinician

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David Larsen Albums

Black Nightgown

From: The Peplowski Project
By David Larsen

Black Nightgown

From: The Peplowski Project
By David Larsen


From: New Normal
By David Larsen