About the Saxophonist
dauda began playing saxophone at age 10, inspired by the horn parts in Stevie Wonder's Sir Duke. With the guidance of mentors, dauda was accepted to Baltimore School for the Arts where studied saxophone with Tim Green and Dr. Chris Ford. From there, he attended Oberlin Conservatory where he earned a bachelor's degree in Jazz Performance. His primary teacher was Gary Bartz, one of the most influential saxophonists of our time and fellow Baltimore native. While at Oberlin, dauda was able to study with Billy Hart, Jamey Haddad, Jay Ashby, Paul Samuels, Robin Eubanks, Eddie Henderson and Peter Dominguez through courses, ensembles and secondary lessons.
dauda has performed in Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York, New Orleans, and North Carolina. His most recent performances include the Art of Cool Jazz Fest with drummer Michael Ode, and at An Die Musik with trumpeter Brandon Woody. Both Ode and Woody are becoming leaders on their respective instruments.
dauda graduated from Oberlin in May, 2017 and is returning to Baltimore's music scene.
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