With a lengthy and successful career helping other musicians shine, saxophonist and composer David Brandom is now fully in the spotlight as a leader, creating and recording his own CDs and performing with his Quartet. A sensitive multi-reedist with a powerful, warm and expressive sound, David released his second critically acclaimed CD, “No Way Out,” in 2008 following 2002’s “Home.”
Both discs showcase David’s imaginative and sophisticated – yet accessible – writing as well as his fine playing.His compositions are all anchored by strong melodies and reveal the utmost creativity and comfort with a broad range of styles. From bebop to ballads to Latin-tinged pieces, David’s writing is “steeped in the best traditions while at the same time so full of fresh energy and ideas that everything feels familiar and brand new at the same time” (Richard Cohn, Music Review of “No Way Out”). Scott Yanow at All Music Guide called “Home” “a subtle and easily enjoyable release by a saxophonist who deserves more recognition,” while Mark Turner at AllAboutJazz praised his “prowess on tenor sax and keen writing skills” as “the key to the recording.”
David’s mastery of varied styles and half a dozen instruments has made him a busy player throughout his 25-year New York career. He toured and recorded with the legendary Frank Sinatra for many years and has worked with numerous greats including Paul Anka, Tony Bennett, Randy Brecker, Bobby Caldwell, Bill Charlap, Natalie Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Jon Faddis, Billy Joel, Elton John, Melissa Manchester, the Maria Schneider Jazz Orchestra, Doc Severinsen, Sting, James Taylor, They Might Be Giants, Frank Sinatra, Jr., The Spinners, The Temptations, and The Four Tops. David has been a member of the Westchester Jazz Orchestra, www.westjazzorch.org, since its founding in 2003.
Frequently also heard on Broadway, David has played in multiple-Tony-award winning shows including "Ain’t Misbehavin’," "Annie," "Annie Get Your Gun," "Cats," "Chicago," "Fosse," "Grease," and currently "Hairspray," “Jersey Boys,” “Little Mermaid,” and "In the Heights."
David originally hails from Liberty, Missouri, a suburb of Kansas City, and credits his parents with nurturing his passion for the arts. His mother was an art teacher and his father, a machinist, sang tenor at church and in a barbershop quartet. In his dad’s varied jazz collection, Dave discovered Ella Fitzgerald, Oscar Peterson, Charlie Parker, Gerry Mulligan – and Stan Getz and Paul Desmond, whose lyricism inspired David to take up the alto sax at age 10.
After receiving his Bachelor’s in Music Education from the University of North Texas, David returned to Kansas City, which provided fertile ground for a young jazz musician just starting out. He began working as a sideman with trumpeter Stan Kessler along with guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Ron Vincent, with whom Dave stills works and records in New York. Dave began writing for the group, and soon started leading and composing for his own Quartet and Latin jazz group. After four years in KC, Dave and his wife Stacy moved to Chicago and a year later relocated to New York, where they have remained ever since.
In addition to leading his group and appearing as a sideman, David is currently a member of the jazz faculty at Lehigh University and Purchase College, where he received a Master’s Degree in Studio Composition, and was recently appointed band director in the Edgemont, NY school district.