DR. DAVE YOUNG, CM

Order of Canada recipient, DR. DAVE YOUNG, is one of Canada’s most celebrated and valued bassists, composers, arrangers, and educators. Originally from Winnipeg, Dave has made his name known on both the Canadian and international stages in both jazz and classical music for the last 5 decades, and along the way has worked with some of the world’s top artists in various fields. Known for his elegant tone, impeccable time, and immense knowledge of musical history, Dave has been a first-call bassist for the likes of Oscar Peterson, Lenny Breau, Oliver Jones, Cedar Walton, and countless others.

Along with holding some of the most coveted seats in the jazz world, Dave has also been a member of many of Canada’s most celebrated orchestras, including The Edmonton Symphony, The Winnipeg Symphonyand The Hamilton Philharmonic. In 2009, Dave returned as a member of the Orchestra to Atlanta, where he accompanied award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp’s“Come Fly With Me- The Music of Frank Sinatra,” which later hit Broadway. Dave’s extensive exposure to and knowledge of the world of classical music has given him an edge over the years on many other bassists in his field. He has the ability to make the bass sing that has been noted by many peers of Dave’s throughout his career. His interpretations of classic melodies, met with outstanding solos, have made Dave’s sound instantly recognizable throughout the jazz world. Simply put, Dave has mastered both the art of swing and the beauty of a lyrical and mesmerizing solo. 

Along with being a Member of The Order of Canada- his country’s highest civilian honour - Dave has countless honours under his belt, including the IAJE (International Association for Jazz Education) Award for “Outstanding Service to Jazz.” He is a 7x Jazz Report winner, 6x National Jazz Awardwinner, and in 2017 was presented with an Honorary Doctor of Letters Degreefrom Wilfrid Laurier University.

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