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Dave Zoller began playing the piano at age six and began arranging and composing actively while a student at SMU. Dave has led his own groups, worked as a sideman in various bands and backed such top acts as Kay Starr, Gloria Loring, Diahann Carroll, the Mills Brothers, George Kirby and the Smothers Brothers. In 1985, he became tour pianist and music director for New Orleans jazz & pop trumpet star (and Grammy Award winner) Al Hirt, “an association that lasted three hectic years”, says Zoller. Dave has also appeared in concert with such jazz legends as Clark Terry, Eddie Daniels, Mundell Lowe, Pete Christlieb and Carl Fontana. In recent years, he has performed with such up-and-coming performers as guitarist Steve Masakowski, vocalist Roseanna Vitro and saxophonist Dave Pietro

Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

Label: Dpzjazz
Released: 2017
Track listing: Disc One: Rhythm-A-Ning, Introspection, Round About Midnight, Ugly Beauty, Bright Mississippi, Evidence, Light Blue, Let’s Cool One, Straight No Chaser. Disc Two: Monk’s Centennial, Let’s Call This, Crepuscule with Nellie, Off Minor, Misterioso, Well You Needn’t, Trinkle Trinkle, Epistrophy, Monk’s Mood.

ARTICLE: JAZZ BASTARD

November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis Big Band, Thelonious Monk

Read "November 2017: Geri Allen, Thad Jones / Mel Lewis  Big Band, Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Welcome to our monthly look at what's happening on the Jazz Bastard podcast! November is packed, so let's get to it: Episode 127 (live November 1, 2017) looks at the early career of pianist Geri Allen, who died June 27 of this year. Neither of us had listened extensively to her recordings before, so ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Dave Zoller: Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk

Read "Evidence - Music of Thelonious Monk" reviewed by Patrick Burnette

Younger readers may not believe this, but there was a time when all-Thelonious Monk tribute albums were a rarity. During most of Monk's lifetime, musicians focused on a few of his best-known tunes ("Round Midnight" was--and remains-- the obvious favorite). But then Steve Lacy, Roswell Rudd, and other champions of Monk began to devote whole albums ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It...

Read "Two Music: It Don't Mean a Thing, If It..." reviewed by Jack Bowers

As has been pointed out a number of times before, there's no audible difference between the University of North Texas' One O'Clock and Two O'Clock Lab Bands, which are customarily named for rehearsal times but based on performance alone could well be designated One O'Clock and One-Fifteen. This is not meant to devalue the One O'Clock ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

UNT Two O'Clock Lab Band: Kind of Two

Read "Kind of Two" reviewed by Jack Bowers

The University of North Texas, home to the country's oldest, most honored and, many would say, explicitly outstanding Jazz Studies program, has a number of topnotch big bands in the stable, each of which is named after its specific rehearsal time. While the One O'Clock Lab Band, which has been recorded most often, is best known ...

Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni

Read "Fred Hess Big Band / Timucua Jazz Orchestra / Michael Treni" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Fred Hess Big Band Hold On Dazzle Records 2010 When listening to Hold On, composer / arranger / saxophonist Fred Hess' fourteenth album as leader but first in front of a big band, one question immediately arises: What took him so long? As it turns out, recording his ...


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