Dave Matsen - Saxophonist, composer, arranger

Dave Matsen grew up in Les Paul's hometown of Waukesha, Wisconsin where he studied guitar at age 9 and switched to saxophone two years later. Early influences such as "Chicago", "BS&T", "The Brecker Brothers", "Weather Report" and 20th Century classical music would be instrumental in shaping his musical direction.

While a music student at UW-Milwaukee, Dave joined his first professional band where he started developing his composing and multi-instrumental skills; doubling on flute and keyboards. Shortly after that, he studied jazz theory and composition at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. His fiery sax playing and creative composing/arranging skills have been featured in countless local and touring bands. Presently living in the Chicago area, he has toured throughout the U.S., Caribbean and India.

Career highlights:
Performed and recorded with Grammy award winner, Daryl Stuermer of Phil Collins/Genesis.
Performed at Jazz Yatra (Mumbai, India) with Grammy award winner, Douglas Spotted Eagle.
Performed on Nutrasweet, Miller Beer ads and the television series, Monsters - all produced by the Emmy Award-winning artist & philanthropist, Peter Buffett.

Dave is presently living in Chicago and working as a freelance artist. As a founding member of Grooveology he says, "I'm very excited about this group. To be able to write and perform with this wonderful combination of talent is a dream come true. Now where are my car keys...?".

 
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