Artist Interview: Dave Panico
Tell us about yourself and your music
Dave Panico – considered “One of the Best” by US Smooth Jazz – is considered to be Saxophonist Extraordinaire by his fans. The passion and emotional power that comes from his horn will reach down to the very core of your soul. Dave’s influences include Warren Hill, Dave Koz ,Richard Elliot, Kirk Whalum.
Dave Panico’s music is rooted firmly in his faith. Even though Dave’s music convey his spiritual side, this never gets in the way of the high energy vibe that characterizes his playing. Dave’s music is passionate and appeals to all age groups. His vision is to touch the essence of the inner heart and my mission is to open doors that lead to healing of hardships and struggles in life.
Dave’s discography includes “Tasty Treat”, “JoyRid’N” and “Soar”
Dave received the Instrumental Artist of the Year Award both at the 2015 King Cat Music Awards and the 2007 Kansas City Christian Music Awards, Recently Dave’s song “Break’n Free” was used in the TV Show Elementary.
Talk to us more about your latest release
Tasty Treat is my latest release and it’s bursting with a brimful spirit and stimulating gusto. It’s filled with all kinds of goodies to suit your mood. Do you feel in the mood for something upbeat and happy? , How about some good old fashion blues or maybe just kicking back for a smooth cruise? Maybe you just want to get your blood pumping to those workouts or you may want something spiritual. Well “Tasty Treat” has it.
The engaging tempo of “Break’n Free” welcomes the soul, even the ones who are in deep slumber. It revives the weakened and enervated. It’s a song about breaking free of a bad situation. It’s about removing that heavy weight that has become such a burden.
Keeping the audience in full swing, the track “Pump’n” surprises with a trance-like backbeat, this cut guarantees to exuberate the body through its dynamism and vivacity. This is a dance song and this will get your feet moving and your heart pumping.
On Wings of An Angel.” The invigorating bass, relaxed drums, and the sonorous sax playing catch a common denominator; it is heavenly gratifying. I always wondered what it would be like to ride on the wings of an angel. A place where there’s no burdens and where life seems to flow, Soar, effortlessly without all the burdens we carry.
“Soaring Sax Blues” is a blues shuffle that really gets you to kick back and groove
“Freedom Dance” is performed on a Native Flute and will get your mind, body and spirit, in that meditative, relaxed mood. It’s one to let yourself sail with.
“Funky Monkey” is what funk is all about. High Energy powerful stuff. Absolute Emotional Power!!
What inspired you to write this release?
This is my 3rd CD. I love to create music. This cd is a bit more funky than my previous cd’s. I wanted to give this one a bit more kick.
Any plans to release a video?
I do have videos of my performances at https://soaringsaxman.com/videos
Any plans to hit the road?
I just finished a concert with School Of Rock and performed and some private parties. I’m open to perform wherever there is an opportunity. My schedule is at:
I have performed at :
Miles Davis Jazz Fest
Arrowhead Stadium (kc)
Country Club Plaza (KC)
Nelson Atkins Museum Of Art (KC)
Many Outdoor Festivals
As an indie artist, how do you brand yourself and your music to stand out from the rest of the artists out there?
I am saxophonist where my music is a cross between traditional Jazz and RocknRoll. Its got kick, passion and power. Many people have told me that my music is Refreshing, Uplifting, Positive
Who have you been listening to lately?
I listen to Traditional Jazz, Warren Hill, Dave Koz, Kirk Whalum, Smooth Jazz, Classic Rock
Tell us about your passions
My Faith in God is a big one. I pray Everyday first when I get out of bed.
I like to exercise – Jump rope, cycle
I do have a day job in the IT industry
I spend time with Boy Scouts and My church events
Spending time with Nature
What else is happening next in your world?
Looking for more opportunities to use what I have to Bless others.
Thanks for an awesome interview, Dave!