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While he was an infant his family moved Fresno, California to Calgary, Canada. David began piano studies at the age of nine adding guitar at 15.
In 2006 - he recorded Blues Royale and Blue Flint Girl for the CIMP label.
At age 18 David moved to Davis CA, where he attended Sacramento City College. He met and married Joanna Aplington in 1976. They have four children together, Alex, b. 1977, Ava, b. 1981, Emily, b 1985, Colin b. 1989. He attended the University of New Orleans in 1977 and in 1978 he moved to Portland OR and studied music theory at Clarke College in Vancouver, WA and private studies with jazz pianist Eddie Weid. From 1980-1985 David studied privately with Czech American composer Tomas Svoboda. David was a member of the Society of Oregon Composers from 1980 to 1983.
His works were performed twice at the Berg Swann Auditorium Portland OR 1980 and 82, and at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR in 82. He was commissioned in 1984 to provide the music for a benefit fundraiser for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, which included the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has received six commissions from private individuals, and has provided recorded music for film through the Alberta Film Works 1998. From 1980 to 1990 he wrote over 100 liturgical works. In 1997 he changed his focus to performing rather than composing; his first tour was with Roswell Rudd in Canada that year, then with Julian Priester in 1998. In 1999 he played at Yoshi's in Oakland with John Tchicai. In 2000 he performed solo at the Pacific Rim Chamber Festival in Tofino Canada and the Calgary International Jazz Festival. He played in Portland in 2001 with Bud Shank and again with Julian Priester and Obo Addy.
On 26 September 2001 he played a solo concert 6 blocks from ground zero at The Knitting Factory- and a duo concert with Jorgen Munkeby at BlaJazz in Oslo, Norway. In 2002 he formed a Herbie Nichols tribute trio that performed concerts and on the radio KMHD in Portland, OR and KJEX in Seattle. Later that year he played at The Knitting Factory with Andrew Cyrille and toured extensively with Argentine musicians Diego Chamy and Jorge Hernaez, paid in part by the U.S. State Departments of Argentina and Chile.
His trio was the headline group at the 2nd International Festival de Jazz de Valparaiso in Chile  and several concerts and master classes throughout Argentina. He played a solo concert at Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria. In January 2004 David toured with Julian Priester playing at The Jazz Gallery in New York and concerts in France, Belgium and Germany.
He currently lives in Richland, Oregon.
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