Dan Nicholson

Alto Sax, Tenor Sax, Bari Sax, & Soprano Sax

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  • Remote Lessons
  • New Trier High School
  • 8422 Springfield Avenue

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  • BM in Jazz Performance from UNF
  • Masters in Composition/Arranging from DePaul
  • 20+ years teaching and performing experience
  • 10+ years jazz improv/combo coach at New Trier
  • New Trier Adjunct Faculty


$1 per minute

Background & Experience

I play the saxophone professionally and, along with performing, have been teaching private lessons for 20 years. I’ve played with several of Chicago’s finest musicians—including the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, Chicago Jazz Orchestra, Nia Quintet, and Model Citizens—and have performed at all of Chicago's finest Jazz clubs—including the Jazz Showcase, The Green Mill, Andy's Jazz Club, Hot House, and many more.

I have always balanced performing and teaching in my professional life because I like them both so very much. I have spent my life studying and enjoying music, and I want to help you make music a part of your everyday life, too.

I love teaching music and am particularly good at it—not because I have advanced degrees or experience playing with some of the world's greatest musicians—but because I can connect with people. I believe that good music expresses a universal truth that cannot be put into words. I am a knowledgeable, patient, and articulate teacher. Over time, I’ve developed solid teaching techniques to help students of all levels improve their sax playing. I have extensive experience teaching improvisation as well.

The current pandemic has put my performances on pause for the foreseeable future, and while I am deeply saddened by that, I am excited for the opportunity to reach more students through a virtual platform. Having music as a creative outlet has been so important for me and could be a great hobby for you or your children.

Please let me know if you or somebody you know would like to take saxophone lessons or improvisation lessons on any instrument, and let’s find out if my teaching style would be a good fit.


Daniel Nicholson