ABOUT DAN FAULK

Celebrated tenor/soprano saxophonist Dan Faulk has recorded on several CDs with many of jazz's legendary masters including Barry Harris, John Hicks, Louis Hayes, and with J.J. Johnson for Verve Records. From 1997- 2005, Dan was a regularly featured soloist with Steve Turré and the Sanctified Shells. Dan has 3 CDs as a leader. Dan's first CD, Focusing In, made such an impact that it was chosen to be featured on the cover of the 1995 Bielefelder Katalog--Europe's most widely-circulated and extensive jazz discography. In addition to his extensive performance career, Dan served as Director of Jazz Studies and a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook 1999 - 2003 and as a professor at City University-York College 2003 - 2004. He is currently focusing on his performance career and writing a book on jazz improvisation. Dan is also an editor for the Journal of Jazz Studies published by the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University.

Dan has performed with several groups including the Cindy Blackman Quartet, the Henry Butler Quartet, the J.J. Johnson Quintet, Ronnie Mathews' Sextet, the Peter Leitch Sextet, the Ed Cherry Quartet, the Mingus Dynasty, the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, the James Spaulding Quintet, TanaReid, and Steve Turré and the Sanctified Shells to name a few. He has performed throughout the world at most of jazz's top clubs including New York City's "Blue Note" and "Village Vanguard," Oakland's "Yoshi's," Toronto's "The Rex," and Cologne, Germany's "Subway." Some of Dan's highlight performances in the jazz festival scene have included the "Playboy Jazz Festival" in Los Angeles, France's "Jazz a Vienne Festival," Holland's "North Sea Jazz Festival", Canada's "du Maurier Jazz Festival," and NYC's "Panasonic Jazz Festival."

As a leader, Dan has toured in the U.S. and internationally with his own ensembles. His first release, Focusing In, is available on the Criss Cross Jazz label. Dan's 2nd release, Spirits In The Night, is available on the Fresh Sound Records label. Dan's 3rd release, The Dan Faulk Songbook, Vol.1, is available on the Ugli Fruit Productions label. Dan is a prolific composer having penned over 100 compositions to date, several of which have been recorded on his and other artists’ CDs. His compositions have been performed by various musicians, including Benny Golson, Barry Harris, Ronnie Mathews, Rufus Reid, and James Spaulding.