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Dave Ihlenfeld

Dave Ihlenfeld grew up in St. Louis, where at age 3 he started picking out bass lines on the family piano while listening to Motown tunes on the radio. Lessons followed, to be abandoned in favor of viola, euphonium, and finally the tuba, but a piano opening in his high school jazz band provided the musical outlet he was seeking. Fame and fortune did not follow, so he attended DePauw and Indiana Universities, and then worked out of Indianapolis for too many years as a professional musician. Since 1996 he has resided in Arizona, where he is in demand as a performer on jazz piano and tuba. He also writes the odd tune, usually employing an odd time signature. He has performed with a diverse range of musicians, from Clark Terry to Rich Matteson to the St. Louis Symphony; taught at Indiana and Northern Arizona universities, and has had compositions featured on NPR's All Things Considered. HIs CD “Ocean View” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby, and is a collection of original jazz tunes that feature, and often combine, Bebop, Brazilian, African, and other ethnic rhythms and styles. His music paints aural pictures of schooners, swaying palms, or even a simple sandwich. Dave formed his band, the NuWrld Jazz Project, to be a palette for realizing his musical ideas. The band is made up of a stellar cast of Phoenix-based musicians and long-time friends, who bring their energy and creativity to his eclectic mix of arrangements

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