Born: June 27 Primary Instrument: Piano
Pianist David Arnay, born in New York City, spent his formative professional years in Ithaca, New York. His keyboard work was integral to a series of original musical projects including a lengthy collaboration in the eclectic Zobo Funn Band with influential guitarist/composer David Torn.
In Los Angeles, Arnay was recruited in 1994 by jazz woodwind legend Bennie Maupin for his new quintet. The group thrived for several years, performing Arnay's compositions along with Maupin's. “Playing with Bennie brought me to one of the coolest branches of the jazz family tree. He really helped me to listen more carefully, to leave more space and respect silence. A true mentor.” ...
“The music of David Arnay is the fresh work of a serious artist whose time has come. Each track is filled with brilliant improvisations created by passionate musical minds. This beautiful project is an outstanding sign that jazz is absolutely in great hands.” — Bennie Maupin
“David Arnay has assembled a series of tunes with varied orchestration that tells an interesting and compelling story. His writing and playing are first rate, and the music has a great sound and feel to it. I enjoyed listening to this cd very much.” — Bob Mintzer