After receiving BA and MA degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski’s American Symphony Orchestra and appeared with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis jazz band and recorded with groups ranging from Duke Ellington to the Rolling Stones, as well as recording numerous solo CDs. Mr. Taylor performs recitals and concerti around the world, from Lincoln Center in New York with the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the New York Chamber Symphony, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra, to Switzerland’s Basel Sinfonietta, Australia’s Adelaide Symphony, and the Niederösterreich Tonkünstler Orchestra at the Musikverein in Vienna. He has been involved in dozens of commissioning projects for the bass trombone in solo and concerto idioms, collaborating with composers 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 and performs with the Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Orpheus, and the St. Luke’s Chamber Orchestra. Throughout his career, Taylor has appeared and recorded with major jazz and popular artists, including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences awarded Mr. Taylor its Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, as well as the Most Valuable Player Virtuoso award, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. He has been a member of the bands of Gil Evans, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, George Russell, Jaco Pastorius, Charles Mingus, Michelle Camillo, Bob Mintzer, and Dave Matthews; the Words Within Music Trio (Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, and Kenny Drew Jr.); and B3*. Among the numerous Grammy-nominated and award-winning recordings he has performed on were four Grammy-nominated CDs in 1998: 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 were awarded Grammys.
David Taylor is on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, where he has taught since 1989, and Mannes College. He plays Edwards bass trombones exclusively.
Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 2007.