Receiving B.S. and
M.S. degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, David Taylor started
his playing career
member of American Symphony Orchestra, and by appearing with the
New York Philharmonic
under Pierre Boulez. Almost Simultaneously, he was a member of the
Thad Jones-Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with Duke Ellington
(The New Orleans Suite), The Joe Henderson Big Band, The Rolling
Stones, and Blood Sweat and Tears.
He has been
involved in dozens of commissioning projects for the Bass Trombone
in solo and chamber idioms; collaborating with composers including
Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia
Dlugoszchewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder.
He has appeared and recorded chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak
Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis.
Mr. Taylor has won
the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable
Player Award for five
consecutive years, the most it could be awarded; and has been awarded
the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award, an honor accorded
no other bass trombonist.
He has been a member of the Gil Evans Band, the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis jazz band, George Russell's Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and the Chuck Israel Band to name a few.
Although he has performed on numerous Grammy Award winning recordings, 1998 was special. In 1998 Taylor performed on four Grammy nominated CD's.
Johnson Big Band, Dave Grusin's West Side Story, the Joe Henderson
Big Band, and the Randy Brecker Band.
The Getzen instrument
Co. sponsors David Taylor, and has a David Taylor model bass trombone
in its catalog.
Upcoming events include appearances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and master classes and recitals in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. The Mannes College will schedule its Third Annual Trombone Day with David Taylor (1998). In 1999 Taylor will be performing four conserti written for him. Two of these will be world premieres by Daniel Schnyder and Franz Hackl. David will be appearing with the Absolute Ensemble under the direction of Kristian Jarvi (this project will be broadcast on European TV and recorded for Enja Records), The Niederoestereichische Tonkuenstler Orchester, and The Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck.
"...Jazz made direct
contact with Friday's concert, first in the playing by Wynton Marsalis
and David Taylor of the trumpet and trombone parts ("L'histoire
du Soldat"), and then in Mr. Marsalis's gloss on the Stravinsky
piece called "A Fiddler's Tale." Stravinsky gives both brass players
very difficult parts, and they realized them here with splendid
articulation and gorgeous sound. Indeed, so beautiful were the timbres,
so rich and quivering....." (NY Times)