Born in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, in 1981, raised in Namibia and educated in South Africa, Dan is a respected, sought-after, saxophonist based in Cape Town, South Africa. He has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Johnny Clegg, Winston Mankunku, Darryl Andrews, Mike Campbell, Alvin Dyers, Maria Schneider and Ensemble Denada, Echoes of Ellington/Edinburgh Festival Orchestra, Frode Nymo, Gordon Vernick, Marcus Wyatt, Linley Hamilton, Paul Booth, Dave O’Higgins, Chad Lefkowitz-Brown, A.J. Brown, Dean Masser, Dan Whieldon, Uri Goulabev, Steve Turre, The Blues Broers, Robin Auld, Gerald Clarke, The Rudimentals, Hog Hoggidy Hog, Bedrock (The Band in the Sand), Craig de Sousa, DJ Fresh and Charl Chaka to name a few.
Dan has performed in over 30 countries across five continents. A few career highlights include performing at the Cork Jazz Festival (2017) where he had the distinction of performing on the inaugural Ronnie Scott stage, Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival (2015), Wigan International Jazz Festival (2015 & 2019), North Sea Jazz Festival in the Hague (2004), the Montreal Jazz Festival (2012), the Soccer World Cup in Germany (2006), Rugby World Cup in France (2007), Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007), for the Prince & Princess of Monaco at the Monaco Opera House (2012), Victoria Jazz Club in Oslo (2014) and President Zuma’s Inauguration at the Union Buildings in Pretoria (2015).
Dan has a Masters Degree with Distinction in Jazz Performance & Jazz Styles and Analysis. In addition to his work as a session musician. For a number of years he was on the staff at the South African College Of Music at the University of Cape Town (saxophone, Jazz Styles & Analysis, Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Improvisation). He relinquished this role at the end of 2017 to concentrate on his own career and business interests.
In 2018 he released his latest jazz album, SECRET WEAPONS, which has received much critical acclaim internationally. In 2021, in collaboration with renowned trumpeter, Dr Gordon Vernick of the University of Atlanta jazz studies program, he released his first jazz single, a cover of the late South African jazz icon, Bheki Mseleku’s, ANGOLA. This latest release has drawn much favourable comment and praise throughout jazz circles. These releases are all available via Spotify and other popular digital platforms.
Follow Dan at www.danshout.co.za
Music for weddings, corporate events and other special occasions: www.shoutmc.com
Gigs of Note:
– Performed on tour of England and Scotland with a highlight being a return to the Wigan International Jazz Festival, as well as a gig at London’s 606 Club with some of Britain’s leading session musicians and noted saxophonists, Paul Booth (Steve Winwood, the Eagles, Tom Petty) and Dave O’Higgins. (2019)
– Toured England, Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic which culminated in his performing in the prestigious Ronnie Scott Room at the Cork Jazz Festival (2017).
– With saxophonist, Frode Nymo (Norway) and trumpeter, Marcus Wyatt (S.A.) in Cape Town and Johanneburg (2016).
– Saxophonist, Paul Booth (U.K.) with Andrew Ford, Romy Brauteseth & Kevin Gibson at the Casa Labia Summer Jazz Concerts (2016)
– ‘In With a Shout” feat. Dean Masser & Steve Buckley (U.K.) at the 30th Wigan International Jazz Festival, England (2015)
– Wigan Jazz Club Dream Reunion Big Band conducted by Ian Darrington (MBE), Wigan International Jazz Festival, England (2015)
– ‘In With a Shout” at the Edinburgh International Jazz & Blues Festival, Scotland (2015)
– Edinburgh Jazz Festival Orchestra/Echoes of Ellington Big Band conducted by Pete Long at The Queen’s Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland (2015)
– Maria Schneider (U.S.A.) and Ensemble Denada (Norway) at Victoria Jazz Club in Oslo and the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2014)
– Double bassist, Yuri Goulabev (Russia), pianist, Mario Zara (Italy) and drummer, Jonno Sweetman (S.A.), at the Nassau Centre in Cape Town (2014)
– Dan Shout Quintet at Seven Arts in Leeds, England (2014)
– “In With a Shout” feat. Dean Masser & Munch Manship (U.K) at Wigan Jazz Club, England (2014)
– Singer/saxophonist, AJ Brown (U.K.) at the Nassau Centre (SA) and the Ripponden Town Hall in Halifax (U.K.) (2014)
– Trumpeter, Linley Hamilton (Ireland) at McHugh’s and the Belfast Opera House in Ireland (2014)
– Trumpeter, Gordon Vernick (U.S.A.), at the Mahogany Room and The Crypt jazz clubs in Cape Town, South Africa (2013 & 2014)
– Dan Shout Quintet at the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Café at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, South Africa (2015)
– Lead alto with the Awesome Big Band featuring Steve Turre (U.S.A.), conducted by Bruce Cassidy (Canada) at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (2013)
– University of Cape Town/University of Kwazulu-Natal Jazz Octet lead by Darius Brubeck and Mike Rossi at the I.A.J.E. (International Association of Jazz Educators) in Long Beach, California (2005)
– South African National Youth Jazz Band at the North Sea Jazz Festival in The Hague with Carlo Mombelli (2004)
– Johnny Clegg “Human” tours to Australasia, France, U.S.A. and Canada (2011 and 2012)
– Meeting and performing for the Prince and Princess of Monaco at the Monaco Opera House (2012)
– Montreal Jazz Festival in Canada (2012)
– Festival Paleo in Nyon, Switzerland (2010)
– With Juluka and Savuka for the Johnny Clegg 30th Anniversary Concerts (2010)
– Festival Rhythm Africaine in Bastille, Paris for Bastille Day (2007)
– Nelson Mandela’s 46664 Concert at Ellis Park (2007)
– Rugby World Cup in France (2007)
– Soccer World Cup in Germany (2006)
CORPORATE WORK/SESSION MUSICIAN:
– Jonathan Roxmouth’s ‘From the Footlights’ show at Montecasino conducted by Bryan Schimmel, Johannesburg (2015)
– The annual Bidvest Corporate Event at the Sandton Convention Centre conducted by Bryan Schimmel, feat. Amra Faye-Wright and Christina Bianco (2015)
– The South African Presidential Inauguration Cultural Concert at the Union Buildings in Pretoria conducted by James Bassingthwaighte (2014)
– The annual Bidvest Corporate Event at the Sandton Convention Centre conducted by Bryan Schimmel (2014)
– The annual Bidvest Corporate Event at the Sandton Convention Centre conducted by Bryan Schimmel and James Bassingthwaighte (2013)
“Secret Weapons” (2018) – In With A Shout. This is Dan’s first release on a British label, Pathway Records.
“In With a Shout” – Dan Shout, SMC003 (2014)
“Serenading Ghosts” – SHOUT, SMC002 (2012)
“Greetings & Salutations” – Dan Shout, SMC001 (2010)
RECORDINGS AS A SIDEMAN:
Comp/Arr. & played horn parts on “Bye Bye Baby”, “Dance With You” and “Heaven In Your Hands” on the Steve Walsh Luck Packet band’s 2020 album release.
Comp./Arr. & played the horn parts on “Jump Blues” by Gerald Clarke. “AfroBoer and the Golden Goose”. (2015)
Co-Comp./Arr. & played the horn parts on “Cowboys Don’t Cry” by AJ Brown (U.K.). “Made For You”. (2015)
“In the Red” – The Blues Broers. GR007CD, Guava Records. (2014)
“Tango Dreams” – Cape Town Tango Ensemble. GMW04 (2014)
“Felix – The Movie” Soundtrack (2013)
“Magic Carpet Ride”. Magic Carpet Ride (2011)
“UCT Jazz 2010 – Conceptions”. CD STR 103 (2011)
“Dinosaur”. Jax Panic (2010)
“Lisa Bauer” EP (2008)
“Simplicity” – Bedrock. Criminal Records (2008)
“Mozambique Fashion Week” CD by Dino Moran.
“The Rudimentals LIVE @ Kirstenbosch” CD & DVD (2007)
“Johnny Clegg ONE LIFE live at the Nelson Mandela Theatre” CD & DVD (2007)
“UCT Jazz – Full Spectrum”. (“The Poem” comp. & arr. Mike Campbell)
“Lost in Time” feat. Sakhile Moleshe.
“Cafe d’Afrique 3” Compilation – “New Jazz Nigeria” by Moran Moretti. DGR1650.
“Tattoo Bar” Compilation – “Kickin that Funk” by DJ AK47/feat. Boogieman on vocals, Dan Shout on sax. OGCJM.
“Aunty Trish” by Hog Hoggidy Hog on their album “Oink”. Bowline Music. FI000829.
“Cape of Storms (live)” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). Tassenberg All Stars – Live @ The Tassenberg Wingerdstok. TRIP 017, BOW 014.
“Mattress Mambo” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). SL Magazine Selection 10 Compilation; SL 2003.
“Nasty” by Golliwog (Independent Artist). SL Magazine Selection 4 Compilation: SL August 2002.
“Desperado” by The Eagles. Bedrock “La Cantina”. Criminal Records (2000).