David Taylor

Bass Trombone Artist

David Taylor

David Taylor

New York Freelance Bass Trombonist

Instrument Specs

  • Model: B454
  • Bell: 1215CF
  • Slide: Rose
  • Tuning Slide: B-DBN
  • Leadpipe: B2 Taylor

Artist Comments

"Over the last ten years my creativity and playing ability have grown beyond my wildest dreams because of the wonderful sound and ease the Edwards Instruments provide."

Receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Julliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski's 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 Rolling Stones, and Blood, Sweat, and Tears.

Dave has recorded four solo albums (Koch, New World, and DMP) and has presented numerous recitals throughout the world (including Carnegie Recital Hall, Kaufman Auditorium at the Y at 92nd Street, and Merkin Hall).

He has appeared as a soloist with the St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra , The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, The NY Chamber Symphony, The Basil Sinfonietta, The Adelaide Philharmonic, and The Group for Contemporary Music among others. 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.

Throughout his career, David Taylor has appeared and recorded with many major jazz and popular artists including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincey Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. He 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, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis 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: The J.J. Johnson Big Band, Dave Grusin's West Side Story, the Joe Henderson Big Band, and the Randy Brecker Band. The latter two CD's were chosen for Grammys.

David 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 Michelle Camillo Band, Areopagitica (a brass trio in residence at Mannes College), The Bob Mintzer Band, the Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, and the Kenny Drew Jr Trio. He appears frequently with Orpheus, and the St. Lukes Chamber Orchestra, and he is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, Mannes College, and SUNY Purchase. The Getzen Instrument Co. sponsors David Taylor, and has a David Taylor model bass trombone in its catalog.

Some 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. This year Mannes College will schedule its Third Annual Trombone Day with David Taylor. In 1999 Taylor will be performing four concerti 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 Niederoesterreichische Tonkuenstlerochester, and The Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck.

Latest Blog Post

David Taylor’s Winter News

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 […] more ››

In Their Own Words

David Wilborn

"The Edwards bass trombone is without a doubt the best trombone I've ever had the pleasure to perform on. This instrument delivers superior tone quality throughout the trombone range, even during awkward interval leaps as well as during moments of extreme dynamic contrast. Since the instrument is designed to be modified, I find that I'm in full control of my sound, and I can manipulate the way my trombone plays. These features are perhaps the reason Edwards trombones are unparallel when compared to its competitors."

David Wilborn
Professor, Texas A&M University