Bass trombonist Dave Taylor transformed an instrument once relegated to playing whole notes below the staff and doomed to counting rests for a living into virtuosity.
Artist: David Taylor
Honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years – the most it can be bestowed – and the Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award – the only bass trombonist to ever receive this distinction – David Taylor is arguably the greatest performer on his instrument. An impressive catalog of artistic collaborations that transcend genre, Taylor has worked closely with musicians as diverse as Leopold Stokowski, Duke Ellington, The Rolling Stones, Barbra Streisand, Pierre Boulez, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Itzhak Perlman, Frank Sinatra, Aretha Franklin, Yo–Yo Ma, Wynton Marsalis and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.
Although he has performed on multiple Grammy Award–winning recordings, 1998 remains a special year for Taylor; landing four Grammy nominations: The J.J. Johnson Big Band, Dave Grusin’s West Side Story, the Joe Henderson Big Band, and the Randy Brecker Band, with the latter two CD’s chosen for Grammys.
Committed to advancing the repertoire for the bass trombone, Taylor has worked closely with composers on commissioned works. Collaborators include Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder.
Taylor currently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Charles Mingus Big Band, Eos Orchestra, The NY Chamber Symphony, The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, The Michel Camilo Band, Areopagitica, and The Bob Mintzer Band, among many. He appears frequently with Orpheus and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra.
A graduate the Juilliard School of Music, Taylor is deeply committed to music education, and despite his busy performance schedule, serves on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.
- Brooklyn, New York
- New York City
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Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center
New World Records
Mingus Big Band
Bob Mintzer Band
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award
National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award
Juilliard School of Music