Dan Forshaw

"I have struggled with sticky G# keys for a long, long, long, long time...however since I've been using the the Key Leaves I've not had a sticky G# key. Fantastic! ...At the end of the day, I'm interested in not having a sticky G# key....and secondly that my pads last longer. And this looks like it's going to be a solution to do it!"  
Dan Forshaw (Saxophonist, Educator, Vlogger, Cambridge Academy, Jazz Vespers)

Dan Forshaw is one of the most passionate and charismatic musicians on the British jazz scene.  Born in Blackpool, Lancashire, Dan studied in both London and New York and has played all over the world with many different ensembles ranging from jazz quartet’s to cathedral choirs. He is one of the UK’s leading experts on John Coltrane and has written a number of published articles on the music and theology of ‘Trane’.  Tim Price, Professor of saxophone in New York and a former teacher of Dan said, "Forshaw has reached a strong level of musicality, depth and technique that very few players have….he is a breath of fresh air, hear him!"

Dan was taught by Ray Wilkes, a legend on the Northern Jazz scene and a former member of Cedar Walton’s band in New York.  Dan started picking up gigs aged 14 and by 16 Dan was on the road with the ‘Amazing Blues Brothers Soul Revue Tour.’

After meeting Branford Marsalis at the RNCM in April 2003, Branford invited Dan to study with him in the USA, which Dan did in March / April 2005.  Whilst in New York, Dan was inspired by the many amazing musicians he heard & upon returning to England, he moved to London in the summer of 2005.  Dan’s target was to return to New York, but meeting and marrying his wife Katy led to a move to Belfast in 2007.

Dan is now based in Cambridge where he teaches saxophone through his award-winning website, CambridgeSaxophone.com  Dan still maintains an active performance schedule with his band performing on the London Jazz Scene, regular tours, and his Jazz Vespers project, that has seen Dan on Prime Time National TV, leading jazz events at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Ely Cathedral and the at new home for Jazz Vespers in London, Methodist Central Hall, Westminster.

Dan is an active 'Vlogger', with thousands of viewers watching his videos every week. Outside of music Dan enjoys photography, sport and most of all spending time with his young family.