David spent the past five years (2015-2020) mostly gigging in the vibrant jazz scene of Saint Petersburg, Russia, teaching at the J&M School in the bustling center. He completed a concert tour of central Russia with the Old Fashioned Trio in September of 2019. David is grateful for his life. From early training in Classical music to studying jazz improvisation as a vocalist/pianist to poignant philosophizing with many wonderful artists, the whole mix has helped David to communicate songs in a way that speak to the human heart. His sound has been compared to Chet Baker and Mel Torme, but David’s sound is “a unique voice with pathos, depth and control” (Ann MacDonald). David studied and/or played with trumpter/arranger Ray Brown, Dave Holland, Bobby McFerrin, George Russell, Don Thompson, Kenny Wheeler, John Stowell, and Mark Levine. He was named outstanding male vocalist at the Pacific Coast Jazz Festival. He recorded with Grammy-nominated arranger Phil Mattson, singing the title track of Mr. Mattson’s album Here’s to Life. Influences include Dave Lambert, Jon Hendricks, Annie Ross, Shirley Horn , Mark Murphy, Nancy King, Miles Davis and John Coltrane. David is also a musical theatre director for children, having founded and run a successful company and theatre facility in Bellingham, Washington from 2005-2010, called the Bellingham Arts Academy for Youth, which remains a force in that town's education of children today.
Now THAT is a masterclass! Bobby McFerrin
You sound like a trumpet player when you singMark Murphy
I like your musicJulian Priester
David has big talent and a big heart David Ritz, Grammy-winning writer and Platinum lyricist
This guy can sing Dorian Holley (Michael Jackson tour vocal director)
To me, you sing as well as Joe WilliamsPhil Mattson, Grammy-nominated arranger/conductor
Great singing, DavidDon Shelton of the Hi-Lo's