Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree from the University of Toronto, where he studied with Alex Dean and Mike Murley. Since the completion of his degree, he has been in great demand as a performer, instructor and clinician. Known as an up-and-coming player, Dave has appeared at numerous jazz festivals, including both the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the Atlantic Jazz Festival, and is actively involved with the freelance scene, including jobs with Wayne Newton and Frankie Valli. Aside from teaching at the University of Toronto, Dave is on faculty at Humber College and the Humber College Community Music School, as well as National Music Camp and ‘The’ Jazz Camp, all while maintaining a full clientele of private students.
In June of 2007, Dave graduated in the first ever class with a Master’s in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto, studying privately with Kirk MacDonald, Jim Vivian, Gary Williamson, Tim Ries and Paul Read. Dave has just released his debut CD ‘All In’ which includes eight original compositions and one standard, featuring his regular quartet: pianist David Braid, bassist Pat Collins and Anthony Michelli on drums.