Biography

A native of Hamilton, New Jersey, saxophonist Dave Pollack started his musical career playing the piano at 5 years old and saxophone at 9. In high school he won many soloists awards in jazz competitions around the state and had the chance to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra, Richie Cole, Bob Mintzer, and the Philly Pops Brass Quintet.

After high school he continued his education at William Paterson University where he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Jazz Studies/Music Education. While there he studied under Mulgrew Miller, Vincent Herring, Gary Smulyan, David Demsey, Armen Donelian, and James Weidman.

He has since been performing in the New York City area as well as around the world, and has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many great artists including Richie Cole and his Alto Madness Orchestra, Mingus Big Band, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker and Jon Faddis. Dave has most recently been on tour in Australia with the Hanlon Brothers, a group based out of the Gold Coast.

Along with being a performer, Dave is also a passionate educator. He’s been teaching saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano privately since he was 17 years old, and is the owner of Princeton Home Music Lessons. From 2010-2011 Dave was the Director of Jazz at The Lawrenceville School in Lawrenceville, NJ, and is currently the Instrumental Woodwind Specialist at the Cranbury School in Cranbury, NJ. His students have achieved great musical recognition, including being selected to perform in Region and All-State Jazz Ensembles.

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