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Gross, David (Alan)

Gross, David (Alan), saxophonist, flutist, educator, author; b. New York City, NY, 21 May 1944. His preteen years were spent in Elmont, Long Island, NY and from 1957 to 1968 his family lived in White Plains, NY. He currently makes his home in New York City. David was born to Ralph [1916-1963] and Bernice Gross [1918-1981].  His siblings included an older sister, Leslie, and a younger sister Jane.  David married jazz vocalist Nancy Monroe in 1983 and is stilll married to her.

David's initial instrument was the drums. His teacher was the active New York City studio percussionist Paul Tucker.  At the age of 15, David initiated his saxophone studies with George Berg.  One year later he began his flute studies with the principal flutist of the Metropolitan Opera, Harry Moscovitz.  In 1960, David studied for 2 years with sax teaching great, Joe Allard and at the same time he studied jazz harmony with the legendary jazz educator John Mehagan.  He began attending the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT in 1962.

In 1968 he embarked on a musical career with several international tours with the jazz/rock group Gas Mask, including Mexico and Puerto Rico and returned to Manhattan to become a perennial musician on the New York City jazz and R&B scene.  From 1980 to the present, David has been an active musician, a full time private teacher, and a frequent writer of magazine articles for four different publications: International Musician and Recording World, Essence Magazine, Windplayer Magazine, and Saxophone Journal.

David interviewed subjects have included Dizzy Gillespie, Wynton Marsalis, Grover Washington, Jr., Joe Lavano, Bob Berg, Bill Evans [saxophonist], Dave Liebman, David Sanborn, and Carmen Lundy.   His jazz recordings include three CDs recorded in the '80's for drumming great Bob Moses on Gramavision Label: A Visit with the Great Spirit, When Elephants Dream of Music, and The Story of Moses; 2 CDs with jazz vocalist Nancy Monroe on the MJA Record Label: Dance My Heart [1994] and The Love Within [2001]; as a leader, Gross recorded 1 CD entitled The Final Answer to Everything on the MJA Record Label (1996) with sideman Mike Stern, Eddie Gomez, Bob Moses and Michael Cochrane; 2 albums with Italian pianist Francesco D'Errico:  Av. Of The Americas on YVP Music [2000] and le Mille e una Notte on Polosud Edizioni Musicali [1996], 1 CD The Cutting Edge [2000] for pianist Michael Cochrane on the Steeple Chase Label; 1 CD with the cooperative group Lines of Reason, entitled Lines of Reason [1999] on the Bluejay Label.

From the '90's to the present, Gross has done four tours of Italy with Italian pianist Francesco D'Errico's group, and appearing frequently in the New York area as a freelance musician and as a participant with the band Lines of Reason. 

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