Mr Dale Barlow

Lecturer in Saxophone

One of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally recognised jazz artists, Dale Barlow was a member of legendary American groups The Cedar Walton Quartet with Billy Higgins and David Williams, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, two of the greatest training grounds for young musicians in jazz history.

Widely recognised as an inspiring, virtuosic and original saxophonist/ flautist and composer, he is also an accomplished bass clarinettist/ arranger and pianist. As a composer he has written for large and small ensemble, film, theatre and television, and recorded extensively.

As a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, he toured with Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis on Art Blakey’s 70th Birthday world tour. [...]

One of Australia’s most accomplished and internationally recognised jazz artists, Dale Barlow was a member of legendary American groups The Cedar Walton Quartet with Billy Higgins and David Williams, and Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, two of the greatest training grounds for young musicians in jazz history.

Widely recognised as an inspiring, virtuosic and original saxophonist/ flautist and composer, he is also an accomplished bass clarinettist/ arranger and pianist. As a composer he has written for large and small ensemble, film, theatre and television, and recorded extensively.

As a member of Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers, he toured with Jackie McLean, Curtis Fuller, Benny Golson, Freddie Hubbard and Wynton Marsalis on Art Blakey’s 70th Birthday world tour. Dale also played in Chet Bakers group and lived with him for a time. He played and recorded with Kenny Barron/ Ray Drummond and Ben Riley, and with the Gil Evans’ Big Band. He was also a member of the Billy Cobham band for 3 years. Dale has played with Sonny Stitt, Eddie Palmieri, Dizzy Gillespie, Lee Konitz, Helen Merryl, Mulgrew Miller, Cindy Blackman, Ernie Watts, Eddie Henderson, Billy Higgins, Dave Kikowski, Jeff Watts, Essiet Essiet, Benny Green and Mike Nock. Also part of the English Jazz scene for some years, Dale performed at Ronnie Scotts many times both with Ronnies’ band, and own units, and was a composer and member of the original ‘Loose Tubes Big Band’. He was in Stan Traceys’ Group, Gordon Becks’ Quintet, and performed with Kenny Wheeler and Django Bates. While in England, he also recorded and performed with numerous pop artists, including Wham, Style Council, Sting, Ian Dury.

Dale is originally from Sydney and went through the Sydney Conservatorium Jazz Program. He was a member of pivotal Australian groups The Benders, Ten Part Invention, The Roger Frampton Band, The Young Northside BigBand, The Vince Jones Group, and the Bruce Cale Quartet. After moving to New York, he studied saxophone with George Coleman and Dave Liebman, piano with Barry Harris, and Hal Galper, and won a BMI scholarship to study at the Jazz Composers’ Workshop with Bob Brookmeyer and Manny Album. During this time he worked the New York scene and toured the world constantly, performing regularly at major jazz festivals throughout the USA, Canada, Europe, Japan, Asia and the Soviet Union, and recording with many of the great jazz artists. Dale’s group, The Wizards of Oz, with Paul Grabowsky, Lloyd Swanton and Tony Buck, was the first Australian group to undertake a major two continent tour (USA/Canada/Europe) with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts.

Dale has a Master of Music degree, originally begun at City College New York under Ron Carter and completed at ANU Canberra.

He has received numerous awards and accolades including: three ARIA Awards, Album of the Year/ Jazz performer of the year/ International Artist of the Year/ Bicentennial Artist of the Year, four Mo Awards and numerous grants and credits for his for his achievements and contribution to the arts In Australia.

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C41 - Sydney Conservatorium of Music