top of page
  • Writer's pictureThe Sound Cafe

Dick Aven Proves He's An Artist Who Can Make Music With A Diverse Twist On New Release

Dick Aven is a singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist studio musician and a touring

saxophonist who currently lives in Franklin, Tennessee.

Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Dick has been making music since he could

reach the keys of his mother’s piano. His first influences include the Moody Blues,

Johnny Cash, the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Elton John, Hank Williams and many

others.In his teens he developed an interest in jazz music and was especially

influenced by John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Sun Ra and Miles Davis to name a few.

As a composer he has been described as a ‘troublemaking progressive’, drawing from

those jazz and 1970’s rock influences.

Out of the studio he has been utilized as a proficient and reliable sideman. In the late

1980’s he quit his touring gig as the saxophone soloist for Soul artist Peabo Bryson to

secure a record deal as half of a Folk-Pop guitar and harmony singing duo called The

Cages. After that era he became a solo artist and has been steadily honing his craft as

a home recording artist, hired studio musician, and road warrior sideman.

He has been touring with Outlaw Country artist Jamey Johnson for the past few years

as a baritone saxophonist as well as playing saxes in horn sections with The

Tuscaloosa Horns, The Temptations, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, and recently tenor

sax with The Big Band of Brothers (an Allman Brothers tribute Big Band album).

He currently has four albums of original music available on all major music platforms.

His last album was a late 2020 release called It All Started in The Garden. The single

from that album, No Clue was aired on radio stations internationally.

His new album, Spin So Long has just been released December 2nd. This album features

Dick’s songwriting, singing, multi-instrumental arranging skills and stylized tenor

saxophone soloing on a set of songs and videos which might be described as

Alternative Soul or Modern American Blues based Rock


If there’s one thing Dick Aven loves, it would be speaking of himself in third person.


bottom of page