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David Berkman
David (*1958 in Cleveland, OH) is a pianist, arranger, and composer of Modern Jazz. He began playing piano at age eight and has been studying jazz since age 12. After studying at Berklee College of Music and the University of Michigan (Bachelor), he initially returned to his hometown, where he played in local bands and accompanied traveling musicians such as Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford and Carter Jefferson. He has lived in New York City since 1985, where he has been active in the jazz scene ever since. He worked as a pianist or arranger, among other things, with Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell, Joe Lovano, Ray Drummond, Billy Hart, Dakota Staton, Dick Oatts, Tony Malaby, Chris Potter, Scott Wendholt, Lenny White, Dave Stryker, David Fathead Newman and Jane Monheit. He was also a member of the Vanguard Orchestra for a time and went on tour with the Woody Herman Orchestra in 1989. Since the beginning of the 2000s, he has worked increasingly as a soloist or with his own formations, such as his quartet, quintet and sextet, with which he has performed at numerous festivals in Europe and the United States. He also played in a duo with Dave Douglas at the 2005 International Trumpet Guild Convention in Bangkok.
For his achievements, David was awarded the Doris Duke/Chamber Music America New Works Creation and Presentation Grant in 2000; four of his albums have received accolades from critics in the New York Times, Village Voice, Downbeat, JazzIz, Jazz Times and other magazines. David has given numerous workshops and taught at universities and conservatories in the USA, South America and Europe. He authored the book The Jazz Musician's Guide to Creative Practicing.
David has also worked with Phil Bancroft, Brian Blade, John Carlson, Matt Penman, Laura Macdonald and Eliot Zigmund. He currently leads a quartet that includes Chris Cheek, Orlando le Fleming and Mark Ferber.
from Wikipedia
contact: berkmandavid@gmail.com
homepage: www.davidberkman.com
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Shades Beyond
SteepleChase SCCD 31559
recorded August 2001
Dave Stryker, guitar
Steve Slagle, alto sax, soprano sax, clarinet
David Berkman, Fender Rhodes, organ
Terry Burns, bass
Lenny White, drums

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