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David was born in Miami, Florida and raised in Southern California. His parents were jazz fans, and introduced Binney to jazz musicians such as John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Bobby Hutcherson and Wayne Shorter. Binney's parents also exposed him to the music of Jimi Hendrix, Milton Nascimento, Sly Stone and a variety of other styles of music that helped foster an interest in a broad spectrum of music. He began to study the saxophone with various teachers in Los Angeles. At the age of 19 he moved to New York City, where he studied with Phil Woods, Dave Liebman and George Coleman. In 1989, Binney was awarded an NEA Grant which he used to record his first album, Point Game on Owl Records.
Binney has performed in basement clubs in New York to jazz festivals in Europe, appeared on stage with Aretha Franklin, at Carnegie Hall, and with Maceo Parker. He has produced all of his own albums, in addition to two Lost Tribe releases. Binney is a founding member of Lost Tribe and Lan Xang, and has recorded as a sideman for Uri Caine's Mahler Project, Drew Gress' Jagged Sky and Medeski, Martin and Wood. David started his record label, Mythology Records, in 1998.
David Binney performs regularly at the 55 Bar in New York City, among many other venues.
Aliso - Criss Cross Records, 2010: Features Wayne Krantz, Jacob Sacks, John Escreet, Dan Weiss
Cities and Desire - Criss Cross Records, 2006: Features Mark Turner, Craig Taborn, Thomas Morgan, Dan Weiss
Bastion of Sanity – Criss Cross Records, 2005: Features Chris Potter, Jacob Sacks, Dan Weiss, Thomas Morgan
Fiestas de Agosto – Red Records, 2005: with Edward Simon
Welcome to Life - Mythology Records, 2004: Features Chris Potter, Craig Taborn, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, Adam Rogers
South - ACT Records, 2001: Features Chris Potter, Uri Caine, Brian Blade, Scott Colley, Adam Rogers, Jim Black
A Small Madness - Auand Records, 2003: with Jeff Hirshfield
Afinidad - RED Records, 2001: with Edward Simon. Features Brian Blade, Scott Colley, Adam Rogers, Lucia Pulido
Lan Xang, Hidden Gardens – Naxos Records, 2000
Lan Xang, Lan Xang' - Mythology Records, 1998: Features Scott Colley, Donny McCaslin, Jeff Hirshfield
Free to Dream - Mythology Records, 1998: Features Jeff Hirshfield, Edward Simon, Kenny Wollesen, Scott Colley, Adam Rogers, Donny McCaslin and others
The Luxury of Guessing - Sledgehammer Blues (formerly AudioQuest Music), 1995: Features Jeff Hirshfield, Scott Colley, Uri Caine, Ben Monder, Donny McCaslin
Point Game - Owl Records/Mesa-Bluemoon Records, 1989: Features Marvin "Smitty" Smith, Edward Simon, Lonnie Plaxico, Adam Rogers
Jim Hall Quartet
Uri Caine: Mahler Project
Uri Caine: Bach Project
Lost Tribe w/Adam Rogers, Ben Perowsky, Fima Ephron
Global Theory w/David Gilmore, Uri Caine, James Genus, Rodney Holmes
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Electric Band
Wayne Krantz Band
Joel Harrison: Free Country
Kenny Wollesen: "The Wollesens"
Steve Bernstein: Sex Mob w/John Medeski
Gil Evans Orchestra
Maria Schneider Orchestra
Lan Xang w/ Donny McCaslin, Kenny Wollesen, Scott Colley
Drew Gress: Jagged Sky w/Kenny Wollesen, Ben Monder
Bobby Previte: Horse
Edward Simon Group
Cecil Mcbee Band
Eumir Deodato Band
- Fordham, John (26 May 2011). "David Binney: Graylen Epicenter – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2011.