Born: July 8, 1953 Primary Instrument: Saxophone
Dave Schiff, a 20 year veteran of the Navy Band Jazz Ensemble “The Commodores”, is a powerful and versatile woodwind jazz instrumentalist who has traveled the world working with top entertainers and jazz legends such as Thad Jones, Mel Lewis Orchestra, Don Menza, and Dizzy Gillespie.
Smooth jazz, straight ahead, funk... you name it... Dave can play it.
His expertise on all woodwinds has given him the opportunity to back great acts all over the country, including performers such as Barry Manilow, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra Jr., Natalie Cole, and many more. When Dave is not on tour, he usually finds himself in the Theatres in the Philadelphia area playing Broadway shows.
Dave performs extensively in jazz festivals and is an active clinician, working with young musicians in high schools and colleges. His passion for working with young people is credited to his father, Hal Schiff, who had a profound influence on many young musicians while an educator and district coordinator of music in the Brandywine School District in Delaware.
Throughout Dave's Career he has had the opportunity to study under jazz greats such as Pepper Adams, Don Menza, Boysie Lowrey (composition), Sir Roland Hannah.
CREDITS Tours with: Navy Band Commodores Jazz Ensamble; Glenn Miller Orchestra; Jimmy Dorsey; Warren Covington (via Tommy Dorsey); Terry Gibbs Dream Band; Bill Potts Big Band-Hoagy Carmichel Memory tour.
PERFORMED WITH: Frank Sinatra Jr. Mel Torme Sara Vaughn Diane Schuur Joe Williams The Temptations The Four Tops The Spinners Tony Bennett Thad Jones Dizzy Gillespie Don Menza Pete Christlieb Natalie Cole Frankie Avalon Bobby Rydell Barry Manilow Lou Rawls Gladys Knight Ray Charles Bill Watrous Clark Terry Eric Norlander Don Schiff Lana Lane Connie Francis Phil Woods Aretha Franklin President Bill Clinton Mel Lewis jazz Orchestra
Conductor For: Diane Schuur-(Live at Fords Theatre)
Film credits: Family Values (A Pat Duncan Production)
Albums appeared on: Bill Potts Big Band 555 Feet High; Frank Sinatra Jr. Live in D.C; Lana Lane Winter Sessions; Commodores Straight Ahead.
1. Express 02:06 info download 2. When Kingdom Comes 03:10 lyrics 3. Feelin' Free 04:22 info 4. Wheezin' the Juice 04:00 info 5. Smooth 04:44 info download 6. I Will Be Strong 03:58 info 7. Rooftop 03:58 info 8. Danny Hides His Heart 03:30 lyrics 9. Rio Nights 04:26
Dave Schiff: Tenor, Alto, Soprano Sax, Bass Clarinet, Flute Piccolo and Alto Flute. Don Schiff, N.S. Stick. Keyboards, Bowed Guitar. Vocals Marcelle Schiff, Vocal Neil Bettencourt. Drums Bruce Kurmow. Harmonica John Papenbrook. Trumpet and Flugelhorn Words and Music by Dave and Don Schiff. As Leader First Time In
1993 re- released 04 May 2011
1. Day Shift 03:33 info download 2. So Many Stars 06:30 info download 3. The Very Thought of You 09:52 info download 4. Menza Madness 03:10 info download 5. Alan's Calypso 05:21 info download 6. Three Ton Blues 04:13 info download 7. You'd Be So Easy To Love 06:56 info download 8. Reflections on Pepper 03:44 info download 9. There Will Never Be Another You 02:31 info download 10. Space and Time 03:04
Ron Thomas - Piano Pete Paulson - Bass Glenn Ferracone - Drums Side musician: Bill Potts Big Band 555 Feet High Side musician: Frank Sinatra Jr. Live in D.C, Side musicina: Lana Lane Winter Sessions Side musician: Commodores Straight Ahead.
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