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“Texting and Driving” – Dave Tull’s current CD Dave Tull’s latest release, “Texting and Driving” was the #2 most requested new album of 2018 on SiriusXM Real Jazz, and was featured by NPR’s Susan Stamberg on Weekend Edition. Singing from the drums, Dave brings to the stage a rare combination of joyous songwriting, world-class jazz singing and drumming. Think “Frishberg meets Gershwin”. Dave’s songs have been called both “laugh out loud funny” and inspiring of “soul searching and introspection”, propelling “Texting and Driving” to #5 on the Billboard Jazz Chart, and #3 on the Billboard Comedy Chart in the same week, and 23 weeks on the JazzWeek chart! Dave’s celebrated first CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, continues to get regular airplay many years after its release. Dave has led his trio at the Vail Jazz Festival and Winter Concert Series three times, Catalina Jazz Club in Hollywood, twice at The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (with a two-hour broadcast on KKJZ), San Diego’s KSDS 88.3 FM “Jazz Live” series (a 90-minute live broadcast and interview), the Newport Beach Jazz Party, The Nash in Phoenix, The Arts Garage in Boca Raton FL, The Miami Jazz Coop in Coral Gables, FL, Jazz Showcase in Chicago, the JazzVox house concert series in Seattle, The Strathallan Hotel in Rochester, NY, the “Jazz at Joe’s” concert series in Bend, OR, The California Jazz Arts Society, and countless times at the iconic Lighthouse Café in Hermosa Beach, CA. When not leading his own trio, Dave is one of the busiest drummers on the scene. In 2016 Dave became the drummer for Barbra Streisand and has played five tours with Streisand including Madison Square Garden in July 2019, and on Barbra’s GRAMMY NOMINATED live Netflix concert video, “Barbra – “The Music..The Mem’ries..The Magic!”. Dave toured from 2000-2010 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave is the drummer on Pixar’s popular series, “Forky Asks A Question” and Disney’s “Monsters At Work”. Check out the Texting and Driving CD on SoundCloud or the Dave Tull Topic page on YouTube. The title track, The Texting Song will tell you what Dave’s music is all about - fun, beautifully written and swinging!


Album Review

Dave Tull: texting and driving

Read "texting and driving" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Wallflower. The word has zero application to describe jazz drummer, vocalist and composer/arranger/producer, Dave Tull. He's more like a Venus Fly-Trap of talent, devouring all those activities and offering a keen eye for life's surrealities. He demos all on his second CD, texting and driving. It might just be what's needed for a long, endless drive from, say, St. Louis to Gallup, New Mexico. Tull's drum credits are formidable--with Barbra Streisand (whose legendary pickiness imprimaturs Tull's chops), ...

Album Review

Dave Tull: I Just Want to Get Paid!

Read "I Just Want to Get Paid!" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Whoa! Is that a sharp new Dave Frishberg lyric we hear poking fun at the pompous and assailing the absurd? Could it be Bob Dorough, Mose Allison or perhaps Giacomo Gates? No, the often humorous and always perceptive sentiments expressed on I Just Want to Get Paid! are those of Los Angeles- based sideman Dave Tull who actually makes his (apparently precarious) living as a jazz drummer. Based on this obscure gem of an album, recorded almost a decade ago ...

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Drummer, Vocalist And Humorist Dave Tull's Highly Anticipated CD, "Texting And Driving," Releases On Toy Car Records

Drummer, Vocalist And Humorist Dave Tull's Highly Anticipated CD, "Texting And Driving," Releases On Toy Car Records

Source: Mouthpiece Music

Dave Tull is a witty observer of the trials and tribulations of everyday life … especially the life of a professional musician. Tull is a veteran drummer who, among his many credits, performed in Chuck Mangione’s band for 10 years and accompanied Barbra Streisand on three of her most recent tours. Although Tull has been playing for over 30 years and has appeared on dozens of recordings as a sideman, he released his first CD as a leader, I Just ...

“In my opinion Dave Tull is the greatest jazz singer on the scene today.” Richie Cole – November 2018 “Texting And Driving not only gives jazz fans new material that Jon Hendricks and Eddie Jefferson would have enjoyed, but is one of the finest jazz vocal albums of the year.” Scott Yanow - L.A. Jazz Scene - May 2018

"You have to compare this guy to Dave Frishberg because he swingingly skewers the foibles of contemporary topics. A wonderfully crazy, loose limbed set that puts the fun back in things and keeps the good times rolling. Great stuff that works throughout!” - Midwest Record by Chris Spector “This is a joyous Dave Frishberg-ian occasion… His songs are pointed and hilarious… clever with a knack for taking universal first world frustrations and putting them into lyrics.” - Cadence Magazine by Robert Rusch “An amazing songwriter… he can swing vocally the same way he swings on his drums

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Los Angeles

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Dave has been on the jazz faculty at Pasadena City College (Pasadena, CA) since 2008, where he teaches all of the drum set lessons, the Drum Set Techniques class, the Rhythm Section Techniques class, leads a jazz ensemble and serves as a clinician/adjudicator for jazz festivals. Dave is now available to teach lessons at his house and also on Zoom. Lessons are $80/hour - one hour minimum. Typical topics include: Getting the swing feel and concept to feel right, strategies for comping within the swing feel, small group jazz concept, interaction and listening, large ensemble chart reading and interpretation, developing solos including solos over the entire form of a song, samba and bossa nova, cascara and mambo, brushes in all styles and much much more!

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