From early training in Classical music to studying jazz improvisation as a vocalist/pianist to poignant philosophizing with Grammy-winning 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 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 , Nancy King, Miles Davis and John Coltrane.