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David Halliday

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Jazz Saxophone

MM University of Utah
BM Brigham Young University

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Mountain West first-call live and studio saxophonist and Northern California native David Halliday studied with Grammy-winning jazz sax legend Joe Henderson as a teen. Halliday attended Loyola University in New Orleans, where he played in the legendary funk band, Galactic. His musical travels have taken him through 45 of the United States and 8 European countries. Halliday has opened for such luminaries as Diana Krall, B.B. King, and George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. His live performance credits include Josh Groban, Dizzy Gillespie, The Temptations, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, Ben Folds, the Four Tops, the Harry James orchestra, Kurt Elling, Larry Goldings, Eric Marienthal, Javon Jackson, Mark Whitfield, Matt Wilson, Kathy Cousins, Galactic, the Utah Symphony, and many more. Halliday has appeared on BET, the WB show Everwood, KBYUTV, Fox 13, KUTV Channel 2, and Josh Groban’s Awake Live DVD and has been heard on Touched By An Angel, ABC’s NBA theme, CBS, ESPN, HBO, Showtime, NFL Network, Speed TV, and many more.

Halliday is a four-time winner of the Outstanding Tenor Saxophone soloist award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and a winner of the Outstanding College Musician award at the Reno Jazz Festival. He holds a BM in Saxophone Performance with an Emphasis in Jazz Studies from BYU and an MM in Jazz Performance and Composition from the University of Utah. Halliday serves as Associate Adjunct Professor of Saxophone at the University of Utah, private saxophone instructor, Survey of Jazz professor, and director of the Westminster College Jazz Ensemble, and is an adjunct faculty member at Salt Lake Community College. His latest CD Dreamsville appears on KUER 90.1 FM’s “Top 12 of 2012.” His next release The New Orleans Project is a CD of original New Orleans-style funk that was recorded at Ani Difranco and her husband Mike Napolitano’s Big Blue studio in New Orleans and features legendary New Orleans drummer Stanton Moore, San Francisco-based organist Wil Blades, and Utah’s own Corey Christiansen.

Courses Taught

  • Jazz Saxophone - Private Lessons
Last Updated: 3/22/23