Born: December 23, 1952
David Thompson started playing the piano when he was ten. After several years of classical lessons, he stopped studying formally. As he moved through his teens, he began to develop an interest in jazz. He started listening to groups headed by such artists as Horace Silver, Art Blakey, and Lee Morgan. After several years of listening to and being inspired by such pianists as Chick Corea, Keith Jarrett, Herbie Hancock, Oscar Peterson, McCoy Tyner, Jack Wilson, Ahmad Jamal, George Shearing, Billy Taylor, and Denny Zeitlin, Dave discovered the playing of Bill Evans. I remember returning from a trip to New York, and thinking it was time to find a new pianist to listen to, someone I hadn't yet discovered for myself. I went down to the local record store, and browsed through the used jazz albums. The album cover caught my eye. It was A Simple Matter of Conviction, Bill's first trio album with Eddie Gomez. I took it home and put it on my record player. After about ten seconds, I realized I was hearing something new, something profound. I read the liner notes with great excitement. I had to be sure this was all for real. For me, that was perhaps the defining moment in my life in terms of experiencing such beauty revealed and expressed in such a powerful way. That was the day I began to play the piano again....
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Dave is now living in Chico, California, and teaches Jazz Piano, Theory and Harmony; solo and trio performance.
Dave is currently providing clinics and workshops in Jazz Piano Performance, solo and trio; theory and harmony; and a special workshop on the playing of Bill Evans.