Dan Shout is a respected jazz musician based in Cape Town. His professional career spans almost 20 years, with a multitude of local and international performances.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Namibia where he took recorder and piano lessons at Oranjemund Primary School. Dan’s official musical journey started when he studied clarinet, piano and saxophone at South African College School (SACS) in Cape Town. In 1999, he enrolled at the South African College of Music at the University Of Cape Town, where he studied classical clarinet and jazz saxophone.
Shortly after graduating, he joined Johnny Clegg’s band, taking the post of alto and soprano saxophones, keyboard and backing vocals. During his seven year career with Clegg, Dan performed both locally and internationally in Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Kenya, Reunion, France, Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Holland, Czech, Hungary, Spain, Corsica, Luxembourg, Sweden, England, Tunisia, Morocco, The Emirates, Seychelles, French West Indies, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and United States of America. These performances included venues and festivals as well as numerous live television and radio broadcasts.
Dan resigned from Clegg’s band in 2013 to concentrate on his career as a session musician.
In addition to his work as a session musician, Dan is currently a part-time lecturer at the South African College of Music at the University of Cape Town, where he teaches saxophone, Jazz Styles & Analysis, Improv 1, Jazz History 1 and Jazz Ensemble. Further more, he presents workshops at Jazz conferences and music stores, and does session work in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
The diverse musical influences that Dan has experienced throughout his life, coupled with the extensive touring and exposure to global styles, reveal themselves in Dan’s unique, original compositions.