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Hey all, just your friendly local Free Jazz Fanatic here to do some more educating on some Free Jazz players that you might or might not have heard before. I decided after last week's discussion ended up happening on a Friday, I'd make this a weekly post and see what all comes of it. This week is one of my personal favorites- bari sax legend Dave Sewelson. Dave's name has been mentioned exactly once on this site in this post from 2016. He has listed his biography and website on the Jazz Bari Sax website (a fantastic resource if you have not seen it, chock full of ideas and transcriptions) so I thought I'd just paste both here.

Dave was born in Oakland, California, in 1952. There was a half-size violin kept in the closet in case he wanted to be a concert violinist. He played trumpet at the age of nine, moving to baritone horn at the age of eleven, followed by a stint on drums until settling on electric bass at thirteen, adding upright bass to the mix until the switch to saxophone at the age of twenty-one. He has specialized in the baritone saxophone since the early seventies.

Sewelson arrived in New York City in the summer of 1977, settled in the East Village becoming a stalwart of the downtown scene, played in many bands of the area including the 25 O'Clock Band, Jemeel Moondoc's Jus Grew Orchestra, Saheb Sarbib's Multinational Big Band ,Noise R Us, Mofungo, Freedomland and Fast 'n Bulbous. He was a founding member of the Microscopic Septet. Lifetime member of William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra. He has played with many wonderful musicians, including, Billly Bang, John Zorn, Peter Kuhn, Alex Cline, Roy Campbell, Sonny Murray, Kidd Jordan, Daniel Carter, Will Connell and Stephanie Stone. Current projects include, Two Sisters Inc., Sewelsonics, the MFAFWQ, Trio Dave, and Orchestra Dave and the Jesse Dulman Quartet.

As well as being a guest on radio shows on such stations KPOO, WFMU and WKCR he has been heard on the theme music of shows on NPR. Dave hosts a weekly radio show on Saturdays from 2 til 5pm on WFMU's Give the Drummer Radio Stream. Every week Dave has a guest musician/poet/artist who joins him in the air for conversation, playing records and spontaneous improvisation live on the radio. Past guests have included, Daniel Carter, William Parker, Steve Swell, Michael Moss, Steve Dalachinksy Lisa Sokolov and a host of other luminaries.

The website link is broken on the Jazz Bari Sax page, so here is a link: Sewelsonics

Thanks all for reading and taking your time out to respond. I love hearing what other people think or know about these topics. Linked below is a fantastic recording of his with the Music For A Free World Quartet. Have a good and happy Friday!

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