Back from an exhausting week of teaching at Fundación Tónica and playing at the Jalisco Jazz Festival! So proud to have been working alongside such a passionate team of musicians including Brian Lynch, Michael Blake, Charlie Hunter, Scott Amendola, my brothers in the Frost Sextet and so many others.

These programs do a whole lot for helping bring music education to Mexico and I'm proud to have been a small part of what they do.

Kudos to them!! Click here to learn more about Fundación Tónica 

 

2/27 David's recital

Hello! It's been a busy couple of months and I've made some incredible music! Earlier this month, I played my Senior recital for the Frost School of Music with some of my best friends in the world. The program featured music I'd written for sax trio and a quintet and also featured a piece I wrote for a nonet with four brass and rhythm section. This nonet was split up into three movements; the middle movement was an arrangement of one of my favorite themes in the whole world, the theme from Holst's "Jupiter". The piece also featured some conduction and group improvisation- it was a total blast!

Hello! I've had a packed few months and am happy to finally a few days off and spend some time with my family. Going backwards, working with trombonist and composer Alan Ferber last week was a total blast. I've been a fan of his music for a while and preparing it alongside him and CJB was a dream come true. The week before that, I turned 22! To celebrate, I wrote a set's worth of arrangements and originals to feature a band of musical mentor/ heroes/ friends. That band featured John Daversa- trumpet, Martin Bejerano- piano, Lowell Ringel-bass, and Evan Hyde- drums.

Early November included performances with Sound Underground (SU), Terence Blanchard at the Arsht Center, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Seattle-based trumpetist and composer Samantha Boshnack, The Frost Sextet, #bicmnrosfulmfrenh, and a performance as part of the Miami Sax Summit among others! I also cant forget to mention SU's quick trip to Bulgaria to play the Haskovo Jazz Festival- what an incredible time we had hanging over there for Independence Day! Cant wait to see what December and 2016 have in store!

Thanks for reading, 

David 

Wow- What an incredible 6 weeks I've had away from home! I've been traveling quite a bit...first to Alaska for some time with my family, then to NYC where I probably spent more money in two weeks than I should have. I had the time of my life in that city! While attending the SIM workshop in Brooklyn, I got to work with some of my musical heroes- Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey and countless others. Also got to see so many others perform every night (and that was the expensive part!). Also played two very cool shows with Sound Underground while there.

After a hectic and tiring, but extremely productive and inspiring two weeks in The Big Apple, I made my way to Hillsborough, North Carolina for some time with one of my best friends and favorite bass players, Lowell Ringel (check out his brand new website!). I'd never been a place where you could see so many stars at night- I loved the mountains and the fresh air....a very welcome change to the NYC lifestyle. While there I wrote some wonderful new music for our trio and also performed at a hidden gem in Durham, the Sharp 9 Gallery. Locals, check this place out!

After all that, I'm glad to be back home and at school at UM taking on my last year as an undergrad. I'm extremely grateful to be playing in the Concert Jazz Band and the Frost Sextet here at school, and at some of the usual spots around Miami. Thanks for reading-Here's to a great year!

David

Hello! I just got back from a fantastic tour through Northern California (and Reno, Nevada quickly) with Sound Underground. I loved it!
I met so many great friends, played heaps of great music and really enjoyed the weather! Thanks to all those who hosted us and made our time so special. Looking forward to more dates with this band- some of my best friends....

I'd also like to thank GRAMMY U for a cool article that features me as a GRAMMY U member. Check it out here!

M
any thanks to the giant finger who was kind enough to take our picture at Lake Tahoe.

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