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Hazeltine, David

Hazeltine, David, pianist, organist; b. Milwaukee, WI, 27 October 1958. His mother was a professional singer-guitarist. He began studying at age 9, made his professional debut at age 13, and he soon worked in clubs in Milwaukee, Chicago and Minneapolis. He was strongly affected by Buddy Montgomery's playing from the time he first heard him at the Bombay Bicycle Room around 1976. He studied at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music from 1976-79. He was Co-Founder/Director of the Jazz School in Milwaukee, 1984-1985 and became the head of Jazz Studies at his former school, Wisconsin Conservatory of Music, from 1985-1992.

Meanwhile from around 1979 he served as house pianist at the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery working with Charles McPherson, Eddie Harris, Sonny Stitt, Pepper Adams and Chet Baker. Baker encouraged him to move in 1992 to New York City, where he formed a trio with trio Louis Hayes and bassist Peter Washington, and works regularly as a sideperson. He has worked with Freddie Hubbard, James Moody, the Faddis-Hampton-Heath Sextet, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Louis Hayes Quintet, and the band "One For All" with Eric Alexander.

He has performed in Slide Hampton's Jazz Masters Big Band as well as touring with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band under the leadership of Jon Faddis. He works with singers Marlena Shaw (for whom he serves as pianist, arranger, and musical director) and Allan Harris.

For a while he was commuting to Boston where he was Associate Professor at Berklee College of Music. He continues to teach privately, and performs in New York and internationally in Europe and Japan. He works regularly as a leader in addition to being a sideperson.

Pearls; Good Hearted People; Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander; Senor Blues;
Blues Quarters; The Classic Trio Ii; Four Flights Up (1996); The Classic Trio;
How It Is; Waltz For Debby; Mutual Admiration Society; After Hours; A World For Her; Close To You (2004); Alice in Wonderland (2004)

As sideperson:
Joe Magnarelli: Mr. Maggs; Georgie Fame: A  Poet In New York; One For All: The Long Haul, End Of A Love Affair, Live At Smoke; Patty Peterson: The More I See You; Jesse Van Ruller: Here And Now; Steve Davis: Systems Blue, Portrait In Sound; Juris Teepe: For Adults Only; Jon Hendricks: Love; Brian Lynch: Backroom Blues, Keep Your Circle Small; Jim Snidero: Vertigo; Jim Rotondi: Excursions; Louis Hayes:Louis At Large; Marlena Shaw: Dangerous; Eric Alexander: Two Of A Kind; Steve Davis: Dig Deep; One For All: Too Soon To Tell; Jon Faddis: Rememberances; John Swana: Tug Of War; Marlena Shaw: Elemental Soul; Jerome Richardson: Jazz Station Runaway; One For All: Optimism; Jim Snidero: Music Of Joe Henderson; Steve Davis: Vibe Up; Giacomo Gates: Fly Rite; Louis Hayes: Quintessential Lou; One For All: Upward And Onward

Radio broadcasts:
Marian McPartland's "Piano Jazz" radio program.

DH, "Assimilating Another Pianist's Style" - Part Two - The Piano Stylist and Jazz Workshop - Dec/Jan 1991
DH, "Assimilating Another Pianist's Style" - Part One - The Piano Stylist and Jazz Workshop - Oct/Nov 1990
DH, "Learning Jazz as a Second Language" - The Piano Stylist and Jazz Workshop - Aug/Sept 1990
DH,  "Arrangement of Stevie Wonder's "You and I" - The Piano Stylist and Jazz Workshop - June/July 1990

Contact information:
Joy of Jazz Productions
Nancy Barell
email: nbarell@nyc.rr.com
Tel: 718 482-7574

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