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David Mott


DAVID MOTT (baritone saxophonist, flutist, composer) is respected for music which ‘crosses the boundaries of style, form and content from new jazz to classical, from improvised to interpretive, from solo baritone saxophone to orchestral’. He received a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and an M.M., an M.M.A., and a D.M.A. from Yale School of Music. He taught Graduate Composition at Yale from 1974 to 1978, and has taught both Undergraduate and Graduate Composition at York University since 1978. He has been an artist-in-residence at the Atlantic Jazz Festival, Eastman School of Music, Hope College, the Open Waters Festival, the University of Illinois, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Southern California, and Yale University.

Mott has performed in solo concerts all across Canada, the United States, and Europe, and played as a side man with a lengthy list of North American music luminaries including Ray Anderson, Jane Ira Bloom, Robert Dick, Musici de Montreal, Mark Dresser, Jerry Granelli, Stevie Wonder, Francois Houle, David Moss, Symphony Nova Scotia, Gil Evans, Gerry Hemingway, Leo Wasada Smith, Anthony Davis, John Geggie, Al Henderson, Victor Bateman, Roddy Elias, Pat LaBarbera, Marilyn Lerner, and Michael Vladkovich.

He was a founding member of the Sound Pressure saxophone quintet. He has performed with the International Baritone Conspiracy, Chelsea Bridge, the Hemispheres Ensemble, Eastman School of Music’s Musica Nova, the Upstreams Ensemble, the Roots Orchestra, and Arraymusic. Mott has received more than 25 commissions from the Canada Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Toronto Arts Council, the Laidlaw Foundation, and others. His music and performances have been recorded on over 20 CDs.

David Mott was a member of the Chris Chahley Nonet when they performed during the “Sound of Toronto Jazz” Concert Series at the Ontario Science Centre on January 9, 1984, and played in that series again with Mike Cado’s Tribute to Nimmons ‘n’ Nine band on March 3, 2003.


1994 – Nominated for a JUNO Award (with pianist David Lopato) David Mott’s for his recording The Standard Line

1995 – Named ‘Best Jazz Baritone Saxophonist’ by The Jazz Report Magazine

1996 – Conducted NOJO when they won a JUNO Award

As a composer, represented Canada at the International Rostrum of Composers, and was nominated for a Prix Italia by CBC for his opera MEME