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Haney, David (Alan)

Haney, David (Alan), pianist, composer, vocals; b. Fresno, CA, 7 May 1955. While he was an infant his family moved to Calgary, Canada where they stayed for the next 18 years. His father is Robert Lee Haney and his mother is Pat Jean.

David began piano studies at the age of nine adding guitar at 15. At 18 David moved with his mother, who changed her name to Jean Harmen, to Davis CA, where he attended Sacramento City College.  He met and married Joanna Aplington in 1976. They have four children together, Alex, b. 1977, Ava, b. 1981, Emily, b 1985, Colin b. 1989. He attended the University of New Orleans in 1977 and in 1978 he moved to Portland OR and studied music theory at Clarke College in Vancouver, WA and private studies with jazz pianist Eddie Weid. From 1980-1985 David studied privately with Czech American composer Tomas Svoboda. David was a member of the Society of Oregon Composers from 1980 to 1983.

His works were performed twice at the Berg Swann Auditorium Portland OR 1980 and 82, and at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR in 82. He was commissioned in 1984 to provide the music for a benefit fundraiser for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, which included the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has received six commissions from private individuals, and has provided recorded music for film through the Alberta Film Works 1998. From 1980 to 1990 he wrote over 100 liturgical works. In 1997 he changed his focus to performing rather than composing; his first tour was with Roswell Rudd in Canada that year, then with Julian Priester in 1998. In 1999 he played at Yoshi's in Oakland with John Tchicai. In 2000 he performed solo at the Pacific Rim Chamber Festival in Tofino Canada and the Calgary Internationl Jazz Festival. He played in Portland in 2001 with Bud Shank and again with Julian Priester and Obo Addy.

On September 26th, 2001 he played a solo concert 6 blocks from ground zero at The Knitting Factory- and a duo concert with Jorgen Munkeby at BlaJazz in Oslo, Norway. In 2002 he formed a Herbie Nichols tribute trio that performed concerts and on the radio KMHD in Portland, OR and KJEX in Seattle.  Later that year he played at The Knitting Factory with Andrew Cyrille and toured extensively with Argentine musicians Diego Chamy and Jorge Hernaez, paid in part by the U.S. State Departments of Argentina and Chile.

His trio was the headline group at the 2nd International Festival de Jazz de Valparaiso in Chile and several concerts and master classes throughout Argentina. He played a solo concert at Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria. In January 2004 David toured with Julian Priester playing at The Jazz Gallery in New York and concerts in France, Belgium and Germany.

He currently lives in Portland, OR.

Arctic Radio, (1997); Arctic Radio Canada (1998); Off the Cuff (1999); Caramel Topped Terrier (2000 and 2001); Hi Rev Tuners - Late Notes from Seattle (2002); Hi Rev Tuners II (2003)

As sideperson:
Gerry Hemingway and Wolter Weirbos (2002 unreleased); Buell Neidlinger and Julian Priester (2002 unreleased); Han Bennink (2003)

Radio and television broadcasts:
CBC Television and A-Channel-TV, live broadcasts of performances with Roswell Rudd, Calgary, Canada 1997
CFCN-TV, live broadcast of duo with Han Bennink June 2000 during the Calgary International Jazz Festival
CJSW, KJEX, KHMD live radio concerts 2002.
Numerous radio, and television interviews in Canada, U.S., and Argentina
Live performance with Julian Priester on January 24 2004, at the studios of RadioFrance in Paris.

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