Dave Taylor (trombonist)

Dave Taylor is an American bass trombonist.[1]

Dave Taylor
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Background information
Birth nameDavid Michael Taylor
Born (1944-06-06) June 6, 1944 (age 76)
New York City
InstrumentsBass Trombone
Years active1960s–present
Associated actsThad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Israels, George Russell, Larry Elgart, George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Ray Anderson, Jim Pugh, Gil Evans.


David Michael Taylor was born on June 6, 1944, in New York City.[1]

Taylor learned to play trumpet, tuba, and trombone in his youth, and while attending the Juilliard School picked up bass trombone, which became his primary instrument. He graduated with a master's degree from Juilliard in 1968.[1][2]


Taylor was a trombonist in the American Symphony Orchestra in the late 1960s under the direction of Leopold Stokowski, and began playing as a studio musician during this time. In jazz, he worked with the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra, Chuck Israels, George Russell, and Larry Elgart in the 1970s, and in the 1980s worked with George Gruntz, Bob Mintzer, Ray Anderson, Jim Pugh, and Gil Evans. He began teaching at the Manhattan School of Music in 1989 and the Mannes School of Music in 1991. Taylor worked in the 1990s with Frank Lacy, Paul Smoker, John Clark, Daniel Schnyder, and Kenny Drew Jr.. He has also played in formal music idioms, including a 1984 recital at Carnegie Hall and with the New York Chamber Orchestra and the Lincoln Center Chamber Society.[1][2]


With Ray Anderson

With Gil Evans and the Monday Night Orchestra

With Jimmy McGriff

With the Joe Roccisano Orchestra

With Lonnie Smith


A musical instrument manufacturer has designed a line of bass trombone mouthpieces for Taylor for "the sound and feel characteristics required by Dave to accomplish his craft."[3]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biography". Dave Taylor. Retrieved 14 June 2018.
  2. ^ a b Gary W. Kennedy, "Dave Taylor". The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2nd edition, ed. Barry Kernfeld, 2004.
  3. ^ "David Taylor Bass Trombone Mouthpieces". Griego Mouthpieces. Retrieved 14 June 2018.