Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
David studied drumset from the age of eight at the Billy Hyde Academy in Melbourne, as well as with many of Melbourne's most respected teachers.
He plays drumset (both acoustic and electronic), tuned and un-tuned percussion and also sings.
He has been teaching since 1975, currently at Scotch College and privately. He has worked as an exam assessor for the A.M.E.B. and the V.C.A.A.
David has been resident drummer for untold bands since 1971, in many genres, including :
Jazz styles -Wilbur Wilde's Blowout (1988- ); Bobby Valentine (2001- ) and Wildlife (1978-80); also resident drummer in the house band at Dizzy's jazz club (2003). Popular styles - Venetta's Taxi, with Venetta Fields (1986); Priscilla's Nightmare (1988-1990); Warner recording artists Jabulani (1990-95); Miss Dorothy & the Endless Love Machine (1995- )
....as well as local and international freelance work with artists including:-
Jazz performers Christine Sullivan, Allan Zavod, Carl Orr, Randy Brecker, Matthew Kirsch; popular music artists Linda George, Spectrum, The Drifters, Andy Cowan, Broderick Smith, The Seekers, Brian Cadd, Max Merritt, Normie Rowe and Doug Parkinson.
Since 1989 he has performed in the pit orchestras / bands for the following professional theatre productions:- Man of La Mancha; Les Miserables; Wizard of Oz; Nunsense; Hair; Rocky Horror Show; Joseph & the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat; Ginger Meggs; 42nd Street; Barry Humphries' "Look at Me When I'm Talking to You"; Assassins; A Little Night Music; Into the Woods; Chicago; She Loves Me; Call Me Madam, Guys and Dolls, Annie Get Your Gun and Kiss Me Kate.
David's wide variety of recording session work has included:- "All the Best" (Maurie Fields); "Leading Lady" & "Somewhere: the Songs of Sondheim & Bernstein"(Marina Prior); "Head Over Heels"(Whirling Furphies); "Aussie Lullaby" and "Telling Tales" (Neil Adam); 1996 AFL Channel 7 football theme; "The Discreet Charm of Bushwahzee"; and "Summer Rain" (Cyril Moran).
He also features on two DVD's released in Australia : Max Merritt and the Meteors Live in Concert (DAVID0079, available thru www.umbrellaent.com.au), and Andy Cowan - A Tale of Two Cities (#5046798642, available thru www.abcmusic.com.au).
Instructional Books and Videos:
In 2002 David published a book called "Stick Figures" about Australian drummers, paying tribute to several generations of great stickmen who have been the foundation of the recording industry in Australia.
To find out more details go to: www.tarahall.com/stickfigures