Up-and-coming saxophonist and composer, Daniel Garel, is quickly establishing himself as a regular fixture of the British jazz and improvised music scene. Having recently graduated from Durham University with a degree in musicology and having spent a year studying jazz saxophone at McGill University in Montreal, Daniel’s playing reflects the plethora of music that has always been present throughout his life – from jazz through to dub and contemporary classical to electronic music.

As a composer, Daniel has written music which has been featured at venues such as The Sage Gateshead, The Tate Britain and The Royal Festival Hall. He has gone on to write for a variety of ensembles, including the Brodsky Quartet, the Clerks and a Trio made up of members of the Royal Northern Symphonia. His big band arrangements have also been played by Gilles Peterson on BBC Radio 6, Worldwide FM and by Bonobo on NTS radio in LA.

As a saxophonist, Daniel often plays as a deputy in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain, plays lead alto for the Jazz Plus Ensemble and has played sell-out shows at Pizza Express Jazz Club as the lead altoist and musical director of the Durham University Big Band. His own projects include the North East-based ‘Group Theory’ which has played shows for the Durham City Jazz Festival and Jazz North East, The Daniel Garel Trio, and a duo made of drums, saxophone and electronics which has been featured in festival performances by Jazz Plus Productions. He’s played at a variety of venues internationally and across the UK including Upstairs Jazz Bar, Montreal, The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh, Matt and Phreds, Manchester and the Bull’s Head in Barnes. He has also studied with the eminent Canadian saxophonist and composer Christine Jensen and Leeds-based saxophonist Joel Purnell.

‘Dan Garel is probably the best of the younger breed of altoists doing the rounds’ | Bebop Spoken Here

‘Inventive and beautifully toned’ | Jazzmann

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