Saxophonist - Cape Town, South Africa
New Single Out Now!
Check out Dan's new recording of Bheki Mseleku's 'Angola' featuring Gordon Vernick (trumpet, USA), Karl vanden Bossch (percussion, UK), Andrew Ford (piano), Dave Ridgway (double bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums), tracked, mixed and mastered by Andrew Ford at The Nuthouse Studios.
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Dr Ian Darrington MBE (Director & Co-founder, Wigan International Jazz Festival, U.K.)
Wow…the REAL DEAL! Rarely, almost never in fact have I received a track as exciting as this. Not once throughout the entire track does your attention waiver and how could it with such a driving, energetic rhythm section. Great work too from tenor sax and trumpet…simply as good as it gets and perfect for this composition.
This track, this band, would feature well at any Jazz Club, on any Jazz Festival and on any jazz radio programme play list anywhere in the world.
Per Thornberg (Saxophonist & Art Critic, Sweden)
Bheki Mseleku (1955 - 2008) was a legendary South African pianist and composer. It’s so refreshing and inspiring to hear his well known song ”Angola” in this new version. Dan Shout is a great saxophonist, jazz musician and arranger. In this setting there's a lineup with some of the best musicians in Cape Town (SA), supplemented with Gordon Vernick (USA) and Karl vanden Bossch (UK). Shout has succeeded to blend these personal sounds in his elaborated arrangement, with excellent ensemble parts, and expressive improvised solos. The track has a great sound and you can really feel the energy and joy.
Dave O’ Higgins (Saxophonist, London, U.K.)
“Angola” is one of Bheki Mseleku’s many beautiful & memorable themes, performed here with great panache & spirit by some very fine & experienced musicians. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face!
Dr. Andrew Lilley (Head of Jazz Piano at the South African College of Music & author of 'The Artistry of Bheki Mseleku'
Bheki Mseleku’s music resonates deeply with the South African conscience. He has created a unique and definitive voice that has become an inspiration for many young South African artists. South Africa has a way of hiding its musical gems and I think that many of us as artists can identify with that part of Mseleku which often saw him appreciated more outside of South Africa than in it. Sadly, Mseleku has left us but his music lives on to inspire. In this particularly refreshing arrangement of one of Mseleku’s classic tunes, Dan Shout fittingly includes American trumpet player Gordon Vernick, reinforcing the link to the American jazz art form that forged part of Mseleku’s identity. Mseleku mostly recorded with American artists, some of the finest in the world. Shout’s recording is right up there with the best and reminds us of the need to celebrate our own hidden musical gems. A must listen!
Seton Hawkins (Director of Public Programs and Education Resources at Jazz at Lincoln Center, AllAboutJazz.com, SiriusXM’s Real Jazz)
The pairing of Dan Shout and Gordon Vernick is a potent one, first heard on Shout's extraordinary Secret Weapons album. To hear them not only reunited, but burning their way through Bheki Mseleku's "Angola"--one of the most scintillating works of Jazz--is a profound treat. The track is a must-listen for every fan of the music, and hopefully is a portent of more to come!
No public performances scheduled due to Covid pandemic.
Dan Shout is a respected, sought-after saxophonist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed in over 30 countries across five continents with the likes Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, Maria Schneider and Gordon Vernick (USA), Paul Booth, Dave O' Higgins, Steve Waterman, AJ Brown and Dan Whieldon (UK), Frode Nymo (NO), Per Thornberg and Nils Landgren (SWE) to name a few.
Shout’s original compositions reflect his life-trajectory through Southern Africa – his family’s emigration from Zimbabwe, his formative years in the Namib Desert and his spiritual homecoming to the slopes of Table Mountain in Cape Town where he now resides. The music is infused with the sounds and souls of the music and musicians Dan has been exposed to and with whom he has performed.
Some of his career highlights include performing at the Guinness Cork Jazz Festival (Ireland), North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague (Netherlands), the Montreal Jazz Festival (Canada), the Soccer World Cup (Germany), Rugby World Cup (France), Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (Johannesburg), for the Prince & Princess at the Monaco Opera House (Monaco), Victoria Jazz Club in Oslo (Norway), Wigan International Jazz Festival (England), the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival (Scotland), on Bastille Day in Bastille, Paris (France) and for President Zuma’s Inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria (South Africa).
Cape Town, South Africa