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Dave Mackay
David Owen Mackay (* 1932 in Syracuse, NY) was a jazz pianist, and singer-composer. He attended Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut from 1950 to 1954, where he was the first blind student to graduate. He then attended Boston University from 1956 to 1958, where he studied with Margaret Charloff. Mackay also studied with Lennie Tristano in New York City, then at the Lenox School of Jazz where he studied with Bill Evans, and lastly at The Hartford School of Music where he studied with Asher Zlotnik.
 
In the mid-1960s, Dave joined the Hindustani Jazz Sextet with Don Ellis. Dave also played with the Don Ellis Orchestra. In the late-1960s, Dav and Vicky Hamilton formed a duo. In the mid-1970s, Dave, Bill Henderson, and Joyce Collins formed a unique trio. In the late-1980s, Dave, Lori Bell, and Ron Satterfield formed the group "Interplay".
 
In the 1990s, Dave teamed up with Stephanie Haynes. In the 2000s Dave teamed up with John Giannelli on bass and Joe Correro on drums performing Bill Evans tunes in a celebration of the Life and Music of bassist Scott LaFaro. In the 2000s, Dave also teamed up with bassist Kenny Wild and singer Tierney Sutton performing at the LA Jazz Club Monteleons. In the 2010s, Dave teamed up with singer Miki Purnell, Tamir Hendelman, Lori Bell, Joey Carano, Bob Magnusson, Kevin Cox, and Tony Aros.
 
Dave has also performed with Serge Chaloff, Sonny Stitt, Bob Wilber, Bobby Hackett, Jim Hall, Don Ellis, Emil Richards, Shelly Manne, Chet Baker, Joe Pass, Warne Marsh, Kai Winding, Stephanie Haynes, and Tierney Sutton at some of the top Jazz clubs in the country including, Boston's Storeyville and Jazz Workshop, New York's Left Bank and Village Vanguard, and Chicago's Mr. Kelly's, Shelly's Manne Hole, The Lighthouse, Donte's Jazz Supper Club, and the Samoa House.
 
Over the years Dave's music has been described as magical, lyrical, incredibly fluent, any key, any song he's got it, one of the world's better accompanists, an awesome impressive jazz style, rhythmically articulate piano, a remarkable pianist, wistful piano, an implicit ensemble sense of swing, hip, full of joy, spark, and fire, and one of the Southland's finest pianists. Dave died in 2020.
 
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Discography
Live At Monterey
Pacific Jazz ST-20112
recorded live September and October 1966 in Monterey, CA and Costa Mesa, CA/USA
Don Ellis, trumpet, conductor
Ruben Leon, soprano sax, alto sax, flute
Tom Scott, alto sax
Ira Schulman, alto sax, tenor sax, clarinet
Ron Starr, tenor sax, clarinet
John Magruder, baritone sax, clarinet
Dave Wells, trombone
Ron Meyers, trompbone
Terry Woodson, bass trombone
Alan Weight, trumpet
Bob Harmon, trumpet
Ed Warren, trumpet
Glenn Stuart, trumpet
Paul Lopez, trumpet
Dave Mackay, organ, piano
Chuck Domanico, bass
Frank De La Rosa, bass
Ray Neapolitan, bass
Alan Estes, , drums
Steve Bohannon, drums
Chino Valdes, congas, bongos

 
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