A man of varied talents whose musical career has spanned 3 decades, David is an accomplished bassist and jazz piano player. His membership in the first and second prize winning combos at the 1976 Pacific Coast Jazz Festival was a “taste of things to come”. Soon after, at the age of 21, he began his professional music career on tour as electric bassist for the legendary Buddy Rich Big Band. He joined the ranks of top-flight recording musicians in Los Angeles where his bass lines were heard daily on television shows, radio and TV commercials and in movie scores.
As the first-call bassist for producers such as Don Costa, David recorded with a choice group of musical stars including Frank Sinatra, Paul Anka, the Osmonds, Tom Jones, Gloria Trevi, Wayne Newton, Edie Gorme and Kenny Rankin.
As staff bassist for the variety television show “Solid Gold” David played with a wide range of notable musicians including David Foster, Dionne Warwick, the Fifth Dimension, Gladys Knight, Andy Gibb, Natalie Cole, George Duke, Billy Ocean, Johnny Mathis, country western singer Conway Twitty and many more. David’s TV credits also include “Madame’s Place,” Webster,” “B.J. and the Bear,” and “Knight Rider.”
David’s freelance bass work lead to recording sessions and live concerts with jazz greats like Peggy Lee, Harry James’ Orchestra, John Klemmer, Phil Upchurch, Ray Pizzi, Lee Ritenour, and Frank Strazzeri.
Having achieved so much success as a recording and performing bassist, David turned his attention to the art of jazz piano and has established a new home in the Los Angeles jazz scene. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Jazz Studies (Piano Performance) at California State University and will soon complete his Master’s Degree in Music. He has trained with some of the premiere jazz piano talents in Los Angeles including Terry Trotter, Clare Fischer and Victor Feldman.
David’s many years as a professional musician in Los Angeles provided an invaluable “reality-based” musical education. He has extensive teaching credits including several Los Angeles-based music stores. Currently, David teaches privately and works as the faculty jazz piano accompanist at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. David believes that piano lessons work best when material is tailored for each student so the student can become an active partner in the learning process. He maintains a teaching studio in his home for adult jazz pianists. Additionally, David is compiling a jazz piano instruction method and has recorded his first jazz piano CD.