David Ashkenazy began his musical journey by studying piano and guitar at the age of nine and was later introduced to the drums. Growing up in Southern California he immersed himself in a wide variety of musical styles including Rock, Jazz, Klezmer, Reggae, and Blues. It was a love for improvisation and a swinging jazz time feel that David began to seriously dedicate himself to the art form of jazz. David's formal education began at California State University, Long Beach where he studied classical and world percussion and later had the honor of studying with Jeff Hamilton, Joe Labarbera. Peter Erskine, Kenny Washington, Steve Davis and Samir Chatterjee.
He was a full time freelance drummer in Los Angeles for 10 years and is now living in New York City and actively performing in a wide variety of musical environments.
David has played with many talented and inspiring musicians such as Joel Frahm, Jon Gordon, Brad Shepik, Steve Cardinas, Gilad Hekselman, Gary Versace, Alan Ferber, Matt Clohesy, Mike Moreno, Robin Verheyen, Clay Jenkins, Adrian Cunningham, Scott Ritchie, Dan Pratt, Rob Scheps, Jared Gold, Nate Radely, Matt Otto, Ricky Woodard, Bob Sheppard, Larry Fuller, Gilbert Castellanos, Christoph Luty, Ron Stout, John Campbell, Tony Dumas, Carl Saunders, Scott Whitfield, Steve Cotter, Roger Shew & Joe Bagg.
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OUT WITH IT
Each track displays an infectious sense of swing and drive.
--Mark Corroto, All About Jazz
A lot of dense listening packed into the bytes make this like an episode of “Seinfeld” You’ll have to keep coming back to it to catch what you missed on the last run through. Well done.
--Chris Spector, Midwest Record Entertainment
Within the first three tracks of OUT WITH IT is a sign of a thinking man's jazz combo. The Song selection is incredible and the end result is a fine work of art.
--Layla Macoran, NY Culture Examiner