DAN FORSHAW BIOG 2016
Dan Forshaw is one of the most passionate and charismatic musicians on the British Jazz scene. Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Dan studied in both London and New York and has played all over the world with many different ensembles ranging from jazz quartet’s to cathedral choirs. He is one of the UK’s leading experts on John Coltrane and has written a number of published articles on the music and Theology of ‘Trane’. Tim Price, Professor of saxophone in New York and a former teacher of Dan said, ‘Forshaw has reached a strong level of musicality, depth and technique that very few players have….he is a breath of fresh air, ‘hear him!’
Fleetwood & First Gigs
Dan grew up in the small Lancashire fishing town of Fleetwood. Opera star Alfie Boe lived a few doors away from Dan and music was a big part of Dan’s childhood. In his youth he performed for Royalty, U.S. President Bill Clinton and for the opening of Tony Blair’s first conference as Prime Minister!
Dan was taught by Ray Wilkes, a legend on the Northern Jazz scene and a former member of Cedar Walton’s band in New York. Dan started picking up gigs aged 14 and by 16 Dan was on the road with the ‘Amazing Blues Brothers Soul Revue Tour.’
New York, London & Belfast
After meeting Branford Marsalis at the RNCM in April 2003, Branford invited Dan to study with him in the USA, which Dan did in March 2005. Whilst in New York Dan was inspired by the many amazing musicians he heard and met & upon retiring to England he moved to London. Dan’s target was to return to New York, but meeting and marrying his wife Katy, led to a move to Belfast in 2007. Dan was active on the small but thriving Irish Jazz Scene until his move back to England in 2011.
Cambridge and beyond…
Dan is now based in Cambridge where he teaches saxophone at the University and to students all over the world, (including Antartica) through his innovative teaching site, Cambridge Saxophone.com. Dan still maintains an active performance schedule with regular tours, residences and his ‘Jazz Vespers’ project that has seen Dan lead jazz events at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ely Cathedral and the new home for Jazz Vespers in London, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.
Dan has recently started ‘Vlogging’ and enjoys photography, sport and most of all spending time with his young family.