Dan Craven is a 2001 recipient of the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence, and has also had the privilege of sharing the stage with top musicians like Phil Dwyer, Arnie Chycoski, Ian McDougall, P.J. Perry, John McDermott, Campbell Ryga, Mike Herriott, and many others.
Dan currently performs with both The Arrowsmith Big Band and a West Coast influenced octet, Project 8. Recent projects of note include the Boss Tenors “Unsafe Sax” tour in 2014, and the Big Bossa, celebrating Jobim’s extensive library. Dan has performed frequently around Canada’s West from Victoria to Fort Nelson, is the Artistic Director of The CYMC Summer Jazz Program, and has served the greater jazz community as a clinician, honour band conductor, festival host, and guest performer.
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