David Bindman is a saxophonist, composer, and bandleader living in Brooklyn, NY. He has performed and recorded with Wadada Leo Smith, Talking Drums, Kevin Norton, Ehran Elisha, Anthony Braxton, Adam Lane, and many others. He collaborated with poet Tyrone Henderson and visual artist Quimetta Perle on the multi-media pieces The Madman and Strawman Dance, and co-led the Brooklyn Sax Quartet with Fred Ho for a decade, recording The Way of the Saxophone (Innova, 2001) and Far Side of Here (Omnitone, 2005). In 2012 David released his ensemble’s double CD Sunset Park Polyphony. He is currently collaborating with visual artist Malin Abrahamsson on “The Dream Space Continuum,” a work involving music and abstract animation.
David began playing violin at five, at ten switched to alto sax, then played drums. Early on he listened to Hot Clarinets, a record given to him by his grandmother, to John Coltrane's albums Traneing In and Crescent, and to the musicians he saw perform in his hometown of Englewood, NJ, including Dizzy Gillespie. As a high school student living in Vermont, David began improvising and composing. He formed an ensemble with drummer Ben Wittman and pianist Jim Sugarman. During this time he studied with saxophonist Stephen Horenstein, took part in trumpeter Bill Dixon's class Bennington College, and performed with trumpeter Arthur Brooks' ensemble.
As an undergraduate at Wesleyan University in the early 1980s, David studied with saxophonist Bill Barron and trombonist Bill Lowe, and with master artists in Wesleyan's World Music Department. He was a member of Talking Drums, led by Ghanaian master drummers/Wesleyan faculty members Abraham Adzenyah and Freeman Donkor. Talking Drums toured the US and released Some Day Catch Some Day Down in 1987 (Shanachie, reissued on Innova in 2011). David was also part of the collective quartet JUBA, with bassist Wes Brown, drummer royal hartigan, and Bill Lowe, and performed with trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's New Dalta Ahkri.