David Halliday is one of the most talented guys in the music business. When he was growing up in the Sacramento Bay Area, he was exposed to all kinds of music genres ranging from classical to Steely Dan and Kraftwerk, who in the early 70’s was one of the first bands to play techno. At the age of 2 years old, he started learning piano, at the age of 5 he received a drum set and then at 9 years old the clarinet joined the rapidly growing list of musical instruments he learned to play. However, the saxophone became the key instrument in his life when he started taking lessons at the age of 11 years old, and he was 12 years old when he began private saxophone lessons. During this time, he realized that besides being fun it was becoming a serious endeavor. Later on as a teenager he knew he would be making music professionally for the rest of his life.
His musical influences stem from some of the best musicians in Jazz history. With the likes of his mentor, the legendary tenor saxophone player Joe Henderson, Wynton Marsallis, who at the age of 15, he was able to play and perform with in a winery in Sanoma California and Teodros Avery, another popular musician. At the age of 17, he was already playing gigs regularly around Sacramento. Later on he received a scholarship to BYU. After graduating, he moved to Salt Lake to attend the jazz program at the University of Utah. He became a T.A. and is currently teaching there as well as at Westminster College in Salt Lake City. David is a person who is sincere and giving; he loves his fans. He also teaches privately, and scholarships are available for need based students.
He recently returned from New Oreleans where he played at club d.b.a. with Stanton Moore and recorded some tunes in the studio of Ani DiFranco, singer song writer musician from Buffalo, New York who started Righteous Records now called Righteous Babe Records. When the mixing and editing finishes the next step will be to shop various music labels for national release. Locally he plays gigs all over the Salt Lake valley and he participates in a concert series called Jazz Vespers. He will be performing the number One’s at 7 pm at the Bayou on Jauary 28, located at 645 South State Street featuring number one hit songs from the Billboard top 100 chart. On January 29, at 7 pm. he will be performing with Salt Lake City’s premiere jazz combo in a benefit concert for a new organ at the Abrose Parrish located at 2315 Redondo Avenue. Presenting Spirituals to Swing, featuring the Jazz Vespers Band with David on – winds, Courtney Smith – keyboards, Denson Angulo – bass, and Steve Lyman – drums. Joining them will be the Saint Ambrose Choir, performing songs of praise in the gospel and jazz traditions.
Listening and watching him play is a magnificent experience like no other. There are other concerts coming up in the near future. More information will be available as these dates come closer. Find out more at www.facebook.com/davidhallidaysax. Find his music at www.cduniverse.com. Listening to David Halliday is pure magic and will make anyone a fan.