Born: August 10 Primary Instrument: Piano
DAVE FRANK is one of the busiest solo jazz pianists and music educators on the scene today. He is the author of the best-selling Hal Leonard book and video series, JOY OF IMPROV and BREAKTHROUGH TO IMPROV, was an Associate Professor of Piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1987-2004, and was a co-founder of the NEW YORK SCHOOL OF JAZZ (1983-86). In 2004 Dave moved to New York City to direct the Dave Frank School of Jazz in midtown Manhattan. The DFS of J offers private instruction for aspiring musicians at all levels, as well as frequent concerts/workshops for the general public.
Since 1994, Dave has been traveling worldwide, and to date has presented solo concerts and master classes in Spain, England, Holland, Belgium, Brazil, South Africa, Switzerland, Argentina, Nicaragua, Peru, Costa Rica, France, and throughout the US and Canada. He has been a featured performer and clinician at major jazz festivals worldwide including the 2002 North Sea Jazz Festival, the 2001 and 2003 Montreux Jazz festivals, and the 1999 Winnipeg Jazz Festival.
Dave Frank has been the subject of feature articles in the BOSTON GLOBE, KEYBOARD MAGAZINE, and THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER LEARNING. He can be regularly seen on the BET on JAZZ network and was recently the featured guest on the NPR radio show JAZZ INSPIRED with Judy Carmichael.
Dave has two critically acclaimed solo CD’s released on the JAZZHEADS label, BALLADS AND BURNERS, recently released in March, 2007, and POWER OF THE PIANO, released in 1997. Power of the Piano received extensive radio airplay in the US, Canada, Europe and South America, and made the top ten jazz list in 35 American cities.
Dave’s teachers include the legendary LENNIE TRISTANO and CHARLIE BANACOS, and John LaRosa.