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David Witham

David Witham studied piano with Jaki Byard at the New England Conservatory of Music, and Alan Broadbent in Los Angeles. He's had writing and performing associations with saxophonist Ernie Watts, bassist / composer Jay Anderson, the Jeff Gauthier Goatette, and percussionist Luis Conte. David was Musical Director for George Benson from 1990-2007, and has also served as a producer for Tom Scott and Grover Washington. Recording and performance credits include Barbra Streisand, Patti Austin, Lee Ritenour, Jose Feliciano, John Patitucci, Bluezeum, Joao Bosco, Larry Carlton, Randy and Michael Brecker

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Take Five with Eddie Reyes

Read "Take Five with Eddie Reyes" reviewed by Eddie Reyes

Meet Eddie Reyes: Eddie Reyes has evolved a unique and personal style on the guitar. Although for much of his playing career he has focused on electric jazz guitar, he now turns mostly to the acoustic. He has evolved his style from, first, a fascination with Brazilian Jazz to his present passion, Flamenco. In the ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Jeff Gauthier: Open

Read "Jeff Gauthier: Open" reviewed by Ian Patterson

Violinist Jeff Gauthier has been a leading figure in cutting-edge jazz on the West Coast since the mid-'70s. As a leader, he's produced half a dozen compelling works with his band of 20 years, The Jeff Gauthier Goatette. Open Source (Cryptogramophone, 2011) finds the quartet grown to a quintet, with trumpeter John Fumo bringing added fire ...

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The Jeff Gauthier Goatette: Open Source

Read "Open Source" reviewed by John Kelman

When two-thirds of a group has “effects" in their instrumental credits, it's a safe bet this ain't your granddaddy's jazz. When it's violinist Jeff Gauthier's Goatette, punctuating the quirky theme in the first moments of “40 Lashes (With Mascara)" with thundering drums and high-octane power chords, it's clear that Open Source is going to make plenty ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Nels Cline: Of Singers and Sound

Read "Nels Cline: Of Singers and Sound" reviewed by Rex  Butters

Mimi Melnick's Salons feature some of Los Angeles' best improvising musicians in the most intimate of settings--her home, at the top of a hillside overlooking the San Fernando Valley. This afternoon's trio tunes, and tests sound levels. Bass wizard and longtime UCLA professor Roberto Miranda banters with veteran drummer Bert Karl, while the group's lanky guitarist, ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Nels Cline Singers: Initiate

Read "Initiate" reviewed by Troy Collins

Called “The World's Most Dangerous Guitarist" by Jazz Times and named one of twenty “Guitar Gods" by Rolling Stone, Nels Cline's profile has expanded considerably since his collaborations with underground personalities like Thurston Moore and Mike Watt and recruitment by Wilco in 2004. Cline's roots in the West Coast jazz scene pre-date his newfound mainstream recognition ...

NEWS: INTERVIEW

Keyboardist David Witham Interviewed at AAJ

Keyboardist David Witham Interviewed at AAJ

You may not know keyboardist David Witham's work, but the chances are actually pretty good that you've actually seen him play. As the musical director for jazz/pop guitar icon George Benson, the L.A. based Witham has put in plenty of road time, and he's also done side work with Chick Corea, k.d. lang, Randy and Michael ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

David Witham: A Sideman Steps Out

Read "David Witham: A Sideman Steps Out" reviewed by Paul Olson

You may not know keyboardist David Witham's work, but the chances are actually pretty good that you've actually seen him play. As the musical director for jazz/pop guitar icon George Benson, the L.A. based Witham has put in plenty of road time, and he's also done side work with Chick Corea, k.d. lang, Randy and Michael ...

Spinning The Circle

Label: Cryptogramophone
Released: 2007
Track listing: The Neon; Who Knows; N.O. Rising; Momentuum; The Circle; Light and Life; Afrobeat; Con Quien.

ARTICLE: PODCAST

David Witham: Completing The Circle

Read "David Witham: Completing The Circle" reviewed by Jason Crane

On the new episode of The Jazz Session, Jason Crane interviews keyboardist and composer David Witham. Witham is George Benson's musical director, a gig he's held down for more than 20 years. His resume includes everyone from Michael Brecker and Eddie Harris to k.d. lang, Jose Feliciano and Paul Anka. On his new ...


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