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Deviate from Standards

David Larsen

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This album started as a COVID-19 escape. A way to keep playing music, even as live performance was not possible. As the world began to open, I was able to play these pieces in public and learn more about how I wanted to present them. The compositions are taken from the last four years of my life; earning my doctoral degree, and getting more exposure to jazz composers from a variety of eras and genres. This project has also helped me stretch out and learn more about my own playing.

David Larsen - Baritone & Tenor Saxophone Brendan McMurphy - Trumpet, Flugel Horn, & Drums Greg Yasinitsky - Tenor & Baritone Saxophone (Tracks - 1, 9) Ken Peplowski - Clarinet (Track 3) Kate Skinner - Piano & Keyboards (Tracks - 1, 3, 5, 8, 9) Danny McCollim - Keyboards (Tracks - 2, 4, 6, 7) Josh Skinner - Bass (Tracks - 1, 3, 5, 8, 9) Nick Isherwood - Bass (Tracks - 2, 4, 6, 7) All pieces composed by David Larsen Tracks recorded at Larsenjazz Studios, Spokane Falls Community College Studios, and Amplified Wax

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Upcoming Performances

Tuesday - September 21st - The Lucky You Lounge - 8pm - The Zonky Jazz Band - The Zonky Jazz Band is back for a great night of swinging jazz - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/zonky-jazz-night-tickets-166714330049

Sunday - September 26th - Jacklin Arts and Cultural Center - 4pm - The Larsen Group featuring Ken Peplowski - my world class quartet will be joined by famed jazz legend Ken Peplowski - https://www.simpletix.com/e/ken-peplowski-in-concert-tickets-75587

Sunday - September 28th - Spokane Falls Community College - 7:30pm - SFCC Jazz Faculty  featuring Ken Peplowski - The fantastic SFCC jazz faculty  will be joined by famed jazz legend Ken Peplowski - https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/5209698

About

Saxophone - Composer - Educator

A little bit about David Larsen

David Larsen is the director of instrumental studies at Spokane Falls Community College. He holds a PhD from Washington State University and degrees from Pacific University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University. David has been a presenter/performer for the Jazz Education Network, North American Saxophone Alliance, and several other conferences and festivals.

David is an active adjudicator and works with various festivals around the US.

David has performed with a variety of artists including Ken Peplowski, Francisco Torres, Dave Glenn, Ron Vincent, Bill Mays, Dean Johnson, and the internationally acclaimed jazz vocalist, Halie Loren.

David’s release, The Mulligan Chronicles (2021), is an homage of Gerry Mulligan and has received international radio play and rave reviews. Recently, David appeared on the Origin Records release New Normal (2021) by Greg Yasinitsky and was featured on the award-winning Halie Loren album Butterfly Blue (2015). Larsen’s previous releases include Borrowed Time (2018), One of a Kind (2016), and Night Shift (2016).

David is an active composer. His published works cover a wide variety of styles and genres. His compositions have won numerous awards including JW Peppers Editor’s Choice for 2018, 2019, 2020, and 2021. His music has been performed and recorded by a wide variety of groups around the U.S. and abroad.

His compositions and arrangements have been played by Washington State University, University of Oregon, and others around the country.