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Musician Dave McLaughlin believes in giving back

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Toronto saxophonist Dave McLaughlin is always helping others.

It was instilled in him as a child by his father and grandmother while growing up in Montego Bay, Jamaica, before he emigrated to Canada in 1991.

“Blessed are those who consider the poor,” they taught him, in a church parish where donating time and money to charity was considered a commandment from God, having nothing to do with aggrandizing oneself, or taking credit for doing good.

McLaughlin never forgot those lessons as he became an accomplished and successful musician, touring internationally and playing before huge audiences, opening for the likes of the late, legendary Ray Charles.

In the 11 years I’ve known him — the first time I saw him play was at a charity event — McLaughlin has remained true to his upbringing, whether he’s........

© Edmonton Sun