David comes to his position as leader of The Fabulous Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraTM from a lifetime in music. The son of professional musicians and a New Orleans native, David began his career at the age of 11 as a circus drummer working for his bandleader Dad. Then followed the path of his hero, Harry James as David became smitten with the trumpet a few years later. After honing his drum and trumpet chops in the demanding repertoire of the circus, David branched out in to Big Band, Jazz and show facets of the music business, eventually studying arranging, orchestration and conducting. Then in 1994, by a confluence of accident and necessity, he discovered the joys of singing. Soon after his colleagues were struck by the similarity of his vocal timbre and phrasing to that of the great Mel Torme and he became a protege of the renowned Broadway vocal coach, Fred Silver. Along the way David has played 1st trumpet, drums and/or sung for The Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra, Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, Harry James Orchestra, Les Brown Bands and others.
David considers it his great, good fortune to have trained “on the job” with his parents. His Dad, Bill, was a Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra side-man in the late 1940’s and his Mother, Lee, a wonderful musician trained in the instruments of trumpet and piano.
In addition, David has worked with Doc Severinson, Bobby Shew. Byron Stripling, Carl Saunders, Bill Watrous, Dave Steinmeyer, Buddy Morrow, Nick Brignola, Mike Brignola, Chick Corea, Dick Hyman, Mike Renzi, Vincent Falcone, Bob Florence, Eddie Higgins, Ray Brown, John Clayton, Jaco Pastorious, Ed Shaughnessy, Grady Tate, Bob Rossengarden and singers Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Steve Lawrence, Dick Haymes, Al Jarreau, Rosemary Clooney, Eydie Gorme, The Pied Pipers, The Manhattan Transfer, and an old hometown buddy by the name of Harry Connick, Jr.
In David’s own words: In accepting the mantle of this storied and renowned musical institution, the Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraTM, I wish to acknowledge the sense of honor in which it brings me. My Dad, being one of Jimmy Dorsey’s trumpet players, always told me from the time I was old enough to understand, that Jimmy Dorsey was not only a virtuoso but the nicest man he had ever worked for. Being chosen to continue this amazing adventure is with a grateful heart and as leader of the Jimmy Dorsey OrchestraTM. I’ll continue to create the perfect template for involving the audience in the presentation of the program, while maintaining Jimmy Dorsey’s high standards of musicianship. My job is to continue that ideal!