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Norman David directs, plays with and composes the music for his ensemble, The Eleventet. For almost 20 years beginning in the early 1980s, David led versions of the Eleventet in Boston, central Maine, and NYC. Among the musicians who have played with the band are George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, John Fedchock, John Swana, Seamus Blake, Terell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, and John Hébert. In 2000, David debuted the first Philadelphia version of The Eleventet and in mid-2007, he finalized an ongoing Philadelphia roster of players, comprised of the cream of that city's jazz artists. The Eleventet is featured exclusively throughout the year at Plays and Players Theater, one of Philadelphia's venerable venues for the creative arts

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Article: Live Review

Norman David and Group 4 at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

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Norman David and Group 4 Chris' Jazz Café Philadelphia, PA April 25, 2023 Norman David is a saxophonist/clarinetist, composer, arranger, and educator par excellence, and for many years has directed his high-powered larger ensemble, the Eleventet, first in Boston, then at Colby College in Maine, and for ...

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Article: Interview

Norman David: Forty-Year Wizard of The Eleventet

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A few years ago, a musician friend suggested I go hear a band that was playing at a place in Bella Vista, Philadelphia, a neighborhood with a significant jazz history (violinist Joe Venuti and guitarist Eddie Lang lived there and are honored with several plaques and a mural) -but not much current music to speak of. ...

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On Point

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Necessity 2. Freelance 3. One Day in a Row 4. Light Song 5. Two Bones 6. Groovin' High 7. Time Shared 8. Green Dolphin Street 9. Floaters 10. On Point

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Continuing Action

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2020
Track listing: 1. Mouse Pad (The Pad of the Mouse) (Live) 2. Subterranean Heights (Live) 3. The Frame of Forever... (Live) 4. Parallel Suite 2020: I. Expansions 5. Parallel Suite 2020: II. Standing Motion 6. Parallel Suite 2020: III. Determination

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Article: Interview

Dan Monaghan: The Man Behind The Swing

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Dan Monaghan is a working drummer who makes an indispensable contribution to the music by being the one who provides the swing and support that allows the other musicians to achieve their diverse objectives. He performs so often in the Philadelphia area that if you go to a jazz show, there's a fair chance he'll be ...

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Crazy in Philly!

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2017
Track listing: 1. Showers 2. It's Always There 3. Down on 3rd 4. Bars 5. Misty (Errol Garner) 6. Hit Me Now! 7. Folding My Shirt 8. Many Years.

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Article: Live Review

The University of the Arts “Z” Big Band: Monterey, Here We Come!

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UArts “Z" Big Band Reception and Kickoff Concert Kaplan Auditorium University of the Arts Philadelphia, PA September 7, 2017 They were underdogs, but they gave it their best shot. Then they shocked themselves and everyone else by tying for first place with the UNLV ...

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Article: Album Review

Norman David: The Eleventet - Please Call

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Clarinetist and soprano saxophonist Norman David founded and has been leading Philadelphia's Eleventet for over three decades. After thirty years playing in in and around the city, the band found their recording groove with their first CD, At This Time (Norman David/Coolcraft, 2011). Now, in this new release, they deliver swinging and ear-popping sounds while at ...

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Please Call

Label: CoolCraft
Released: 2016
Track listing: 1. Flash Tune 2. Just Friends (Klenner and Lewis) 3. C’mon, It’s A Thing! 4. Please Call 5. Repeat Process 6. Cancellation 7. No One Else 8. Charge 9. Not A Prayer 10. Short Term


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