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Norman David

Norman David is a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, author, and music educator. Born in Montreal, he moved to the United States in the mid 1970s, residing in Boston, central Maine, and, since 1989, in the Philadelphia area. He has played as leader or sideman at clubs, theaters and festivals in the U.S., Canada, France, and Italy. He currently directs, performs with, and composes all the music for The Eleventet, his eleven-member professional ensemble, comprised of some of the top jazz artists in the northeast U.S., many internationally-renowned. He has appeared with, and his jazz compositions have been performed by, among others, George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, Seamus Blake, Jon Gordon, John Fedchock, John Swana, Terell Stafford, Scott Robinson, Gary Smulyan, Greg Hopkins, Tony Marino, John Hebert, Tim Horner, and various all-star jazz ensembles. He has been awarded grants in recognition of his jazz composing from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum.

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VICTOR L. SCHERMER - ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM ”...reed player Norman of the most innovative arrangers in the business.”

DAVID ADLER - PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY ”David writes beautifully, with a unique...voice in the field of modern jazz composition.... [He] plays fierce soprano saxophone, holding up strong next to Dick Oatts, George Garzone and other world-class players.”

RJ JOHNSON - WWW.ALLABOUTJAZZ.COM ”With a seemingly endless repertoire, the band provides a unique experience...It was obvious that David's musical palette extends far beyond the realm of jazz....His style relied on the versatility of the band and ultimately allowed a more natural sound to emerge.... [The] Eleventet is one of the city's best-known jazz groups, featuring some of Philadelphia's best soloists...Each musician was well-versed in the jazz tradition and a conventional smaller group setting where the freedom to explore new musical territory was uninhibited

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Primary Instrument

Sax, soprano


Philadelphia, PA

Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Coordinator of Jazz Composition & Arranging - Temple University: Arranging, Composition, Ensembles

Adjunct Associate Professor - University of the Arts: Studio Composition, Orchestration, Jazz History, Theory, Ensembles

Contact Norman David for information and to set up an appointment.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Arranging / Composition: Author of the highly-rated Jazz Arranging (Scarecrow Press)

Masterclasses/Clinics on arranging and composition, high school to college and advanced.

Speaking Engagements / Guest Lectures: Author of The Ella Fitzgerald Companion (Praeger Publishers)

"Ella Fitzgerald and the Evolution of Jazz Singing"

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