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David Taylor’s Winter News

Friday, December 1st, 2017

David Taylor at Roulette

David Taylor has a few things happening this winter. First, he and his Calithumpians (Ron Stabinsky, Moppa Elliot, and Kevin Shea) will be at Roulette on December 7. This concert is presented by Interpretations and will include Dave’s Big Stories for a Small Group. Roulette is at 509 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. There are musicians in this world that simply need to be heard perform live. David Taylor is one of those musicians.

Next up is a radio event. A number of years ago, Dave performed two Schubert concerts with the Post Classical Ensemble in Washington, DC. WWFM will present a 1.5 hour program with excerpts from these concerts as well as of Dave performing Daniel Schnyder’s Subzero. Tune in on December 15 at 8pm. Before that night, read a review of those performances by Joseph Horowitz.

Dave informed us that And If All Were Dark, the CD he recorded with the Washington Trombone Ensemble, should be available for Christmas delivery. Check back for more details.

Finally, Dave is set to perform with members of the New York Philharmonic on January 8. Dave has a long history with the Philharmonic as he played in Pierre Boulez’s Perspective Encounter Series at Cooper Union in the 1970’s.

Dave Taylor Concertino Reviews

Wednesday, September 14th, 2016

David Taylor recently performed his new Concertino 4x’s at Bargemusic’s Here And Now Festival in New York. In a Facebook post, Dave said that he was shocked that the reviews were mostly about his composition, but that it was more surprising that the New York Times ran a photo of him to promote the festival.

Dave Taylor in the New York Times

The first review comes from New York Classical Review:

On the musicians side, there was bass trombonist David Taylor’s Concertino No. 2, with Taylor accompanied by pianist Ron Stabinsky, bassist Matthew “Moppa” Elliot, and percussionist Kevin Shea. The form was classical, with four recognizably standard movements. The style was not, though it was a fascinating hybrid of older jazz ideas heard through a prism of modernism, a more successful version of Stan Kenton’s experiments in modern composition. There were serendipities, like a fractured tribute to Tommy Dorsey and a ballad in the form of a waltz, and Taylor played with a strong, beautiful sound.

Another comes

One would hardly know from David Taylor’s informal, talkative, delightfully informal persona that he is one of the most accomplished and eclectic musicians in the world. Specifically the trombone, and more specifically because he has worked with composers like Hovbhaness, Wuorinen, Perle, as well as Yo-Yo, Streisand, Gil Evans, Charles Mingus and… well, everybody else in the classical and jazz world.

Listening to his four-movement Concertino for Bass Trombone, Piano, Contrabass and Percussion was like listening to Ursula Oppens on piano. It was a master at work. The slightly jazzy but beautifully laid-out chamber work did go on a bit, but Mr. Taylor didn’t need any avant-garde techniques to make his point. It was big-band-style trombone style with a minimal chamber-group to support him.

Dave continues to push the musical envelope. As brass musicians, we love what he brings to his performances. It’s nice to see when others recognize what an incredible talent he is, as well.

Upcoming Dave Taylor Performances

Monday, February 13th, 2012

Dave Taylor will be performing two upcoming concerts in Washington, DC. First up is a performance with Kenny Drew, Jr. and Daniel Schnyder:

Saturday, February 18, 2012 @ 8:00 & 10:00pm
Bohemian Caverns Nightclub
11th & U Street, NW
Washington, DC
Tickets: $20 addvance, $25 door
More info »

In March, Dave returns to DC to perform Schubert Uncorked with the PostClassical Ensemble. The group has commissioned a bass trombone and chamber orchestra version of Schubert’s Arpeggione Sonata.

Saturday, March 31, 2012 @ 8:00 pm
Georgetown University – Gaston Hall
37th and O St. NW
Washington, DC
Tickets $25 ($5 with student ID)
More info »

These promise to be fantastic performances. I’m sure Dave would appreciate a venue packed with receptive brass players!

Dave Taylor Plays Dagon II

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

Dave’s creativity knows no bounds. This isn’t your typical Ewazen!

You can purchase the recording on

Dave Taylor in a Fowl Performance

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Dave Taylor will perform the title role in Louise Gikow’s Tough Turkey in the Big City at Merkin Concert Hall next month. The performance will also feature Bruce Adolphe (composer, pianist, and narrator).

Concert details
The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center Presents: Meet the Music!
Tough Turkey in the Big City
November 21, 2010
1:00 PM and 3:00 PM
Merkin Concert Hall

To order tickets, visit or call 212 875 5788.

Finally, check out this great promo video…

More from Taylor and Schnyder

Monday, January 25th, 2010

This is the latest clip from Dave Taylor and Daniel Schnyder’s Art of the Duo DVD. This track is called Around the World, Part III. Dave never ceases to amaze us with his playing. Schnyder is no slouch either!

Taylor and Schnyder – Duo Concertante

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

I talked to Dave Taylor on the phone yesterday about a number of things — web updates, YouTube, music, family — but the thing that stuck with me was this: he doesn’t think he made it as a bass trombonist because of talent. He attributes his success to hours and hours in the practice room. I dig that approach. Everyone knows Dave Taylor has plenty of talent, but his drive is what made him one of the best to ever play the horn.

This video once again features Dave and Daniel Schnyder in the studio, this time playing Duo Contertante from The Art of the Duo.

Taylor and Schnyder Perform “Trio as Duo”

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

The following videos are of Dave Taylor and Daniel Schnyder performing Trio as Duo from the Art of the Duo DVD. Taylor has this to say about working with Schnyder:

“The reason we’ve loved performing together for the last 10-15 years is because we play with a real chamber music feeling. We treat it like a children’s playground and put a groove on it.”

The first video was recorded in the studio, the second at the Lyric Chamber Music Society of New York on December 9, 2009.

Late Show Trombones

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009

We really enjoyed Diane Birch’s performance on David Letterman last night, not only because she’s a great singer, but also because she knows how to accessorize her band. Hopefully we’ll see more trombone quartets backing up vocalists!

The trombonists are Tom “Bones” Malone, Birch Johnson, Joseph Alessi and David Taylor.

Alessi, Taylor on Letterman

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

Joseph Alessi and David Taylor will be appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman this Wednesday, July 22. They will be backing up singer Diane Birch with Tom “Bones” Malone and Birch Johnson. As always, the music spot comes at the end of the show.