Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Faulk, Dan, tenor and soprano saxophone, composer, educator; b. Philadelphia, PA, 22 November 1969. He was raised in the West, mainly in Prescott, Arizona. At the age of 8, he began playing the alto saxophone, but at 14, switched to his primary instrument--the tenor. Shortly after, he began to work and perform throughout the area in various musical settings. In 1987, Dan attended Boston's Berklee College of Music and studied with tenor saxophonist Bill Pierce. A year and a half later, he transferred to New Jersey's William Paterson College and studied there with Rufus Reid, Joe Lovano, Harold Mabern, Steve Turre, Norman Simmons, and others as well as with Barry Harris and Benny Golson. In 1991, he finished his studies at William Paterson and received a Bachelors Degree of Music. Soon after graduation, he was hired by Rufus Reid to join his co-led TanaReid quintet. Dan was a member of this ensemble for three years and recorded two albums with the group. During this time he recorded his first CD as a leader, Focusing In, and the photo on the cover of the CD was featured on the cover of the 1995 Bielefelder Katalog.
For nearly 2 years, Dan was a full-time member of the J.J. Johnson Quintet until Johnson retired from music in December '97. Since July '97, Dan has regularly been a featured soloist with Steve Turre and the Sanctified Shells. He received his M.A. in Jazz History and Research in May 1999 from that university, where he studied with Lewis Porter, among others. Dan has performed with several other groups including the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, The Mingus Dynasty, Valery Ponomarov, Cindy Blackman Quartet, the Henry Butler Quartet, Ronnie Mathews Sextet and James Spaulding to name a few. He has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Greece, the West Indies, Holland, Italy, Spain, and Turkey at many top clubs including New York City's Blue Note and Sweet Basil, Oakland's Yoshi's, Toronto's Top of the Senator, Cologne, Germany's Subway, and Paris's La Villa. 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 (in Vancouver and Toronto), and NYC's Panasonic Jazz Festival.
As a leader, Dan has toured with his own ensembles as well as with the recently formed, collaborative group Quintet X.
Dan has penned over 75 compositions to date, 10 of which have been recorded. His compositions have been performed by various musicians, including Benny Golson, Barry Harris, James Spaulding, Rufus Reid, and Ronnie Mathews. Located in the metropolitan New York city area, Dan works as a freelance performer, recording artist, composer/arranger, and a collegiate and private instructor. He 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 writing a book on jazz improvisation. His spouse is singer Robin Nall.
As leader: Focusing In (1993); Spirits in the Night (1997); Dan Faulk Songbook, Vol. 1 (2003)
New York Unit: Tribute to George Adams (1992); Eijiro Nakagawa (1992); J.J. Johnson: The Brass Orchestra (1997), Heroes (1998); James Spaulding: Blues Nexus (1994), Live at Up Over Jazz Cafe (2000); TanaReid: Passing Thoughts (1992), Blue Motion (1993); L. Porter: Second Voyage (2000); Eddie Allen: Summer Days (2000);