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Barlow, Dale

Barlow, Dale, saxophonist, composer; b. Sydney, Australia, 25 December 1959. Son of saxophonist Bill Barlow, born into a musical family, Dale at a very early age was already featured soloist with various youth big bands and small groups. By the age of 17 he was being coupled with touring American jazz greats by agents excited at showing off Australian young talent, including a tour with one of his idols, Sonny Stitt.

After completing his musical studies at the NSW conservatorium, he moved to New York in 1982, where he studied saxophone with George Coleman and Dave Liebman, piano with Barry Harris, and Hal Galper, and at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop under Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Album. During this time he worked in NYC and at major jazz festivals throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, Asia and the Soviet Union, and made recordings. He spent time in Amsterdam, Paris, and London, where Ronnie Scott recommended him to Cedar Walton.

In 1985 he toured and recorded as a member of the Walton quartet along with Billy Higgins and David Williams. In 1989 he joined Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers for a six weeks tour of Europe to celebrate Art's 70th birthday with special guests Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller and Benny Golson. He continued working with the Jazz Messengers until Blakey's death in late 1990. During this time he toured the world extensively and also made 2 albums. He has worked with numerous artists including Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, Mike Stern, and Dewey Redman. He has toured Europe, Australia, South America, Canada and the USA many times with his own groups.

He since returned to Australia and earned a Master of Music (Canberra Uni.).He continues to work around the world under his own name, and as a hired soloist/ composer and arranger for numerous other groups. His innovative group The Nomads features the didgeridoo. He is a respected jazz educator/clinician, a published author and appears regularly on television.

The European Young Band Competition in Germany in 1984, the A.R.I.A. (Australian Recording Industry Award) for best jazz record of 1988

Australian awards:
Voted musician of the year during Australia's bi-centennial celebrations in 1988. During 1991, he was granted the Critics Award at the Gold Coast International Jazz Festival; Saxophone player of the year and the International Jazz Day Award (June 23, 1991); Adelaide Jazz Action Society.
March 6th 1992 Dale won the ARIA Award; Best Jazz Record of the year: Hipnotation, June 1992; Dale won two the prestigious MO Awards as Best Jazz Performer of the year and The Ricky May Jazz Performer award, June 1993; Dale won another of the prestigious MO Awards as Best Jazz Performer of the year.
Australian Council for the Arts fellowship to compose and record his music.

"E" with the Benders; Horn; Hipnotation; Dave Barlow; Jazz Juice; Beyond El Rocco; PlayGround; Time Swing (w/Guy Barker)

As sideperson:
Art Blakey: Chippin' In, One For All; Cedar Walton: Bluesville Time, Manhattan After Hours; The Wizard of Oz (soundtrack); Vince Jones: One Day Spent; Paul Grabowsky: T.V.; Peter O'Mara: Peter O'Mara

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