Opening Act: Pat Senatore
Dale Fielder is an American jazz saxophonist, composer and band leader. He is a multi-instrumentalist who plays all four saxophones: soprano, alto, tenor and baritone with equal authority, but is best known for his recent work on the baritone sax He is known for his original compositions and choice of performing rare, obscure jazz classics as well as his varied group concepts and variety of presentations. Dale Fielder is originally from the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area and is a product of the University of Pittsburgh Jazz Studies Program, where he studied as an ethnomusicology major under Dr. Nathan Davis. After re-locating to NYC for 8 years playing with a host of today’s great jazz artists such as Geri Allen and Robin Eubanks, he moved to LA where in 1996, with the support of Wayne Shorter, Fielder recorded a very successful national top-ten CD, Dear Sir: Tribute To Wayne Shorter to widespread critical acclaim. In 1997, Fielder received his first commission and wrote the extended eleven-movement jazz suite, Ocean Of Love And Mercy, which was recorded in performance by an all-star Nonet and released by Cadence Jazz Records. He has since performed throughout Europe and Asia with his Quartet. Selected as BET’s 1999 Jazz Discovery winner, Fielder has taped several subsequent video appearances and shows for BET. In 2003, Fielder released his most important and ambitious work, his hour-long third extended jazz suite, Suite: Clarity to international critical acclaim. His 2005 CD, Baritone Sunride also received international attention bringing Fielder recognition as one of the top new baritone saxophonists in jazz. His July 2007 release DFQ~Plays The Music Of Pepper Adams, continues to document his classic quartet with legendary ex-Mingus Workshop pianist Jane Getz. Fielder's projects include performances with his avant garde quartet, Luminous Monolith, his fourth extended work, Light and Shadow, commissioned and performed at Lenoir-Rhyne College of Fine Arts in North Carolina and his on-going exploration of the music of Pepper Adams, this time with performances with baritone great Gary Smulyan. Fielder also performed and acted in the play "Nobody Walks Like My Daddy" and won a nomination for 'Best Supporting Male Actor" by the NAACP Theater Awards in 2012. In 2013, Fielder performed around the country with his new Dale Fielder Tribute Quintet with a new project focusing on the music of the Donald Byrd/Pepper Adams Quintet of 1958-1961. The music from this project has been recorded and released as the CD Each Time I Think of You on the Clarion Jazz label in October of 2012. For 2014, Fielder released his 15th CD: Dream Dancing – Dale Fielder Live @ Lincoln Park with guitarist Eric Johnson. For 2016, the Dale Fielder Quartet's 20th Anniversary 2-Disc CD: RESILIENCE!, was released in August 2016 in a live performance of an audience of over 2,000 at Jazz @ LACMA [Los Angeles County Museum of Art].