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David Binney

Acclaimed as a considerable and highly individual compositional talent, saxophonist David Binney is one of the most prolific jazz musicians on the scene today. Winning praise from critics and colleagues alike, David was recently singled out by Jazz Times as one of a handful of “players who have created an alternative jazz-scene... all of whom are playing adventurous, original music.”

David has recorded 20+ albums as leader or co-leader and recorded on more than 300 other albums.

David was born in Miami, Florida, and raised in Southern California. At the age of 19 moved to New York City and lived there for many years. He now resides in Los Angeles. And Produces records and performs worldwide. He also mixes and masters records.

Creator/Producer of the band that was David Bowie's Blackstar.

Known for his performances and recordings with such prestigious groups as Knower (Louis Cole, Genevieve Artadi),Chrissie Hynde, the big bands of Gil Evans and Maria Schneider, as well as with Jim Hall, Uri Caine, Vinicius Cantuaria, Carlinhos Brown, Norah Jones, Bobby Previte, Cecil McBee quintet and countless others.

David was also a co-founder of the hard-edged quintet “Lost Tribe” and the open-form collective quartet “Lan Xang.”

David’s distinctive saxophone sound and innovative compositions have been heard from basement clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe and the world. In addition to his extensive work as a leader, he has been sought after as a sideman, appearing on record with Medeski, Martin & Wood and Uri Caine's Mahler Project. David has also appeared with Aretha Franklin at Carnegie Hall, and with Maceo Parker, to name a few. He has produced all of his own 22 albums, and many others including two of the Lost Tribe releases, 7 Donny McCaslin releases and a Scott Colley “The Architect of the Silent Moment”.. David started his record label, Mythology Records, in 1998. David also created the group the Donny McCaslin group that eventually became the group on David Bowie’s #1 record Blackstar.

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”...a strikingly original composer, leader, conceptualist.”-DownBeat Magazine “David Binney possesses one of the most original minds in contemporary music.” —Stereophile
Primary Instrument

Saxophone, alto


Los Angeles

Teis Semey
Matthias Kohler
saxophone, alto



Aerial 2

Mythology Records


25 Years

Ridgeway Records



Mythology Records



Mythology Records


Here & Now

Mythology Records/GhostNote Records


The Time Verses

Criss Cross


All of Time

From: Graylen Epicenter
By David Binney

Everybody's Wonderland

From: In the Paint
By David Binney

Wild Child

From: Out of Airplanes
By David Binney



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