Born and raised in Ottawa, saxophonist Dave Neill moved to Toronto in 1995 to pursue a jazz performance degree at the University of Toronto. Now active on the local scene, he makes regular appearances with his quintet at The Rex, has appeared at numerous jazz festivals, including the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival and the Atlantic Jazz Festival, and has performed with Nikki Yanofsky, Johnny Mathis, Regis Philbin, the Kirk MacDonald Jazz Orchestra, the Paul Read Orchestra, the DanJam Orchestra and John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra.
In June of 2007, Dave graduated in the first ever class with a Master’s in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. In 2008, he released his debut CD "All In" which includes eight original compositions and one standard, featuring his regular quartet: pianist David Braid, bassist Pat Collins and Anthony Michelli on drums. In 2014, he released the follow-up CD “Daylight” featuring more of his original compositions, with trombonist Terry Promane augmenting the ensemble. Ottawa Citizen Jazz Critic Peter Hum named “Daylight” one of the best Canadian CDs of the year.
In demand as an educator, he teaches at the University of Toronto (materials, ear training, ensembles, jazz education), Humber College (theory, improvisation, song materials), and the Humber College Community Music School (enriched ensembles). He has adjudicated several band festivals including the Next Generation Jazz Festival, the Capital Region Music Festival and the Southern Ontario Band Festival, and appeared as a clinician at the Toronto Jazz Festival’s Jazz For The Teach. Recently, two of his articles on repertoire development were published in the textbook “Jazz Pedagogy, A Canadian Perspective.”