One of the top jazz musicians in Canada

on Tenor, soprano, baritone sax & clarinet

Dave Say is a Canadian jazz saxophonist and composer renowned for his soulful interpretations, powerhouse sound, tasteful inventiveness, and adventurous improvisations. Dave has headlined at every major venue in western Canada. He is a favourite at the Vancouver International Jazz Festival where he presents his contemporary jazz original compositions to a riveted audience each year. Dave's versatility make him first-call musician on the west coast for all styles of jazz, funk, R&B and as part of big bands and larger ensembles. He has performed with Western Canadian Music-, Juno- and Grammy- Award winning musicians (such as Dan Brubeck, Brad Turner, Michael Bublé, Dee Daniels, The Supremes), and is a first-call band member for Order of Canada Recipients (such as guitarist Oliver Gannon). Inspired by the likes of Coltrane, Shorter, Rollins and Getz, Say's sound is firmly his own having been cultivated over his 35-year career. Whether playing straight-ahead swinging standards, or venturing into uncharted territory with his soulful and haunting original music, Dave's dedicated following of fans and musician colleagues certainly have something to say about Say!

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Dave's original composition calls to mind some of British Columbia's most scenic highways and the ways that clouds nebulously move alongside the forested mountains on a classic blue-grey day. A local might say it's "cloudy", but as the mist shifts, hints of blue and shimmers of sunlight are revealed one least expects it. This composition celebrates these subtle surprises that help us to marvel even more at the natural beauty of our provincial landscape. 


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Photographer: Vincent Lim (All Rights Reserved, Used with Permission/Gratitude).