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Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority. He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations.
Fielder has recorded over 14 CDs as a leader for various labels since he first appeared on the national jazz scene in 1993 with his first CD Free Flow. He is a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. He has also studied composition with Frank Gordon, and saxophone with Sonny Stitt and Charles McPherson. In 1996, he recorded a national top-ten CD, Dear Sir: Tribute To Wayne Shorter, to widespread critical acclaim.
Selected as BET’s 1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET as well as touring the U.S., Europe and Asia with his quartet.
His 2005 CD, Baritone Sunride, also received international attention, bringing Fielder recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams, continues to document his classic jazz quartet, which, with legendary jazz pianist Jane Getz, is as of 2012 celebrating their 17th consecutive year together.
Fielder has been performing with his new Tribute Quintet since 2011, currently focusing on the music of Pepper Adams and the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet. Their new CD, Each Time I Think Of You, was released in October 2012.
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