A History of Music

As a young child David fell in love with music through Dave Brubeck’s ‘Time Out’, Joan Baez’s ‘Volume 2’, and Olatunji’s ‘Drums of Passion’ in his mother’s record collection.  After a childhood in Europe, North East Africa and Jamaica David’s family moved to Santa Cruz, California at age 10.  A couple years later, David added R&B and Rock to his early love of Jazz, folk, and World music initiated through new-found discoveries of James Brown, The Beatles, and a local americana band ‘Oganookie’ featuring a former student of Louie Bellson on drums.  After seeing the band in concert David promptly began lessons with the drummer.


At sixteen, David began performing at local venues with rock, blues, and jazz bands as well as the Santa Cruz Symphony, and the following year began playing with Ron Crotty from the Dave Brubeck Quartet.  While still a teenager went on his first tours with Terrell Eaton, who had just left Bonnie Raitt and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons to start his own project.  David followed this with two more years of private study and performing through-out the Bay Area before leaving for Boise, Idaho with a rock band and to study with Dr. John Baldwin at Idaho State University.  He followed this with extensive touring through the United States with the Paul Wayne Band, among others.


In 2015 David moved to Grass Valley, California and developed a reputation as a quick study with strong technical skills and deep pocket grooves in a wide array of styles and genres including rock, funk, jazz, americana, rock, world beat, folk, and country.  After several years and hundreds of performances and recordings, as well as two years as president of the Sierra Jazz Society, David joined Achilles Wheel in the spring of 2022, and in 2023 formed the Yuba Blue Jazz Ensemble with Kellie Garmire in 2023.  David also continues to play with Ralph Hammer (former guitarist with Stevie Wonder, the O’Jays, and many others), continues session work and free-lance performances, and teaches at Sound Check Music.