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Burrell, Dave (Herman Davis)

Burrell, Dave (Herman Davis), pianist, composer; b. Middletown, OH, 10 September 1940. He grew up mostly in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother is Mary Eleanor Washington, born Middletown, Ohio. She's a pianist and soprano voice. His father, Herman Davis Burrell was born Alexendrian, Louisiana. He does spoken word/rap.

After majoring in music at the University of Hawaii, he enrolled at Berklee College of Music in Boston in 1961.  After graduating with degrees in composition/arranging and performance in 1965, Burrell moved to New York City.

Burrell's Jazz Opera Windward Passages, written in collaboration with Swedish-born poet/lyricist Monika Larsson, blends opera voices with world-class jazz soloists, a 21-piece jazz opera orchestra, dancers and chorus.  Burrell's Dance Drama, Holy Smoke, with a blue-print by Monika Larsson, developed for modern dance and tap was recently presented at Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania.  Burrell is currently arranging his extended composition Suite for Piano and Violin for symphony orchestra.

A frequent lecturer, Dave Burrell's Master Classes include Strasbourg Conservatory, France; Conservatoire Municipal, Paris, France; Guildhall School of Music and Dance, London, UK; New York University; Bard College; Queens College, New York; University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Swarthmore College and  Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania; DePauw University, Indiana; Brandies University, Massachusetts; and Rice University, Texas.  At present, Burrell is Music Mentor at the Philadelphia Clef Club and the Inter-Cultural Center in Philadelphia.

His spouse is Monika Maria Larsson (born in Sweden). His son Ako Koro Burrell was born New York City 3/23/71.

Burrell appears on 106 recordings, 22 under his own name, which include High, High Two; High Won High Two; Echo; Windward Passages; Teardrops for Jimmy; Dave Burrell Play Ellington and Monk; Jelly Roll Joys; Daybreak; Brother to Brother; In Concert; Esquisses for A Walk; Dave Burrell Live at Caramoor; Recital; Performance at Vision Festival 2002

As sidperson:
Archie Shepp: Kwanza, Live at Pan African Festival, Things Have Got to Change, Attica Blues, The Cry of My People, Montreux One and Two; Pharoah Sanders: Tauhid; Marion Brown: Three For Shepp, Juba-Lee; David Murray: Deep River, Lovers, Remembrances, Ballads, Spirituals, Tenors, Picasso, Windward Passages, Hope Scope, Lucky Four, Last of the Hipmen; Burrell's duo collaboration with Ellington-drummer Sam Woodyard will soon be released.

Television and radio broadcasts:
Dave Burrell has appeared on numerous international TV and radio broadcast.   He participated in National Public Radio's  Bi-Centennial Tribute to Jelly Roll Morton: Dr. Jazz; Duke Ellington's Centennial: Duke and the Piano; and most recently, Burrell's arrangement of Louis Armstrong's 'Struttin' With Some Barbeque' was part of NPR's broadcast The Wonderful World of Louis Armstrong. 

Burrell was commissioned to compose the soundtrack to Mac Arthur-recipient Louis Massiah's documentary film epic W.E.B. DuBois - A Biography in Four Voices.

Burrell is the recipient of numerous grant: National Endowment for the Arts, Philadelphia Music Foundation, William J. Cooper Foundation, New York State Council on the Arts, Meet the Composer, Pennsylvania State Council on the Arts and has received the Pew Fellowship in Jazz Composition.

Contact information:
Dave Burrell
Academy House
1420 Locust Street #8-C
Philadelphia, PA  19102
Tel. 215-985-9454
e-mail: xdave@daveburrell.com
5:  Photo (hard copy or high-resolution digital file)
Photo Credit:  Douglas Baz

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