08 July, 2011

Grahamstown`s best Saxophonist

By Moses Moreroa

Dan Shout is based in Cape Town, South Africa. Dan studied clarinet, piano and saxophone at South African College School (SACS) from where he matriculated from in 1998.

Dan commenced his studies of classical clarinet and jazz saxophone at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town in 1999. Whilst he read his Bachelors of Music he performed with his band, Five of a Kind Jazz Quintet, the U.C.T. Big Band, Mike Campbell Big Band, The Cape Town Jazz Orchestra, Mike McCullagh, The Spier Summer Orchestra Darryl Andrews Band, V.J.R. Big Band and Golliwog.
He also presented a weekly Jazz Radio show on Fine Music Radio called The Inner Circle with Paul Sedres.
Dan toured South Africa with Golliwog performing at many South Africa’s top festivals and venues such as National Arts Festival. Golliwog also featured on live South African T.V. shows such as Fat Joe Live.

Dan graduated his Bachelor of Music degree and took a permanent teaching post at his alma mater, SACS High School for 2 years before returning to U.C.T. full time to read his Masters degree in Jazz Performance and Jazz Analysis.

After graduating his Masters Degree with distinction in June 2006, Shout auditioned and was subsequently awarded the post of alto and soprano saxophones, keyboard and backing vocals in South Africa’s international World Music legend, freedom fighter and apartheid activist, Johnny Clegg.

Dan has performed internationally. These performances have included venues and festivals as well as numerous live television and radio broadcasts. Some of his highlights have included performing at the South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague (2004) and with the Johnny Clegg band at the 2006 Soccer World Cup in Germany, Nelson Mandela's 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007).

Shout teaches saxophone at the University of Cape Town and occasionally teaches Jazz History, Jazz Styles & Analysis and presents workshops at Jazz conferences and music stores and does session work in Cape Town.


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