David Tronzo

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David Tronzo a/k/a Dave Tronzo (born 1957 in Rochester, New York) is an American guitarist, best known[1][2][3] for his innovation of pairing the techniques of electric slide guitar to the genres of bebop, modern jazz, rock, downtown music, and experimental music. He has recorded with former David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels,[4] Wayne Horvitz[5] David Sanborn,[6] and The Lounge Lizards.[7]

Biography[edit]

David Tronzo was born in 1957 in Rochester, New York. He was drawn to music at age eleven and decided on guitar by age thirteen and taught himself. By age fifteen he was playing gigs. "I was playing five nights a week, though I really just had three good notes and five good chords."[8] He credits rock music as an early influence.[3]

He lived in New York City from 1979 to 2002.[3] As Visiting Artist at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste (HdK), his technique on the slide guitar was documented in two doctoral theses in Germany, in 1995 and 2001.[3] He has also been an Artist in Residence at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.[3][9]

He appeared in the movie Talking Guitars as himself in 2007.[10] His work has also appeared on the soundtracks of two films: Short Cuts in 1993 and Excess Baggage in 1997.

He tours extensively throughout the United States and Europe.[11]

Tronzo has been an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music[8] since 2003.[11] Among his more known students is guitarist Dani Rabin of Marbin. He also teaches private lessons, along with masters classes and workshops when he tours.[11]

Albums[edit]

with the Tronzo Trio
1994 Roots
1996 Yo! Hey!
with David Tronzo and Reeves Gabrels
1995 Night in Amnesia
with Tronzo, Granelli and Epstein
1999 crunch
with Giacomo Merega, David Tronzo, and Noah Kaplan
2008 The Light and Other Things

Soundtracks[edit]

1993 Short Cuts
1997 Excess Baggage

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award / Recognition
1993
  • Voted one of the Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century in Musician's Magazine Press Poll
1994
  • Voted one of the Top Ten Jazz Guitarists by Musician magazine
1995
  • Voted second in its 1995 poll for Best Experimental Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine
1997
  • Voted one of the Dirty Thirty Pioneers and Trailblazers by Guitar Player magazine

References[edit]

  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (16 February 1992). "Review/Jazz; David Tronzo And Guitar". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ Donohue-Green, Laurence. "Open Ears". All About Jazz. [dead link]
  3. ^ a b c d e "DAVID R. TRONZO". New Yorker Magazine. August 1994. 
  4. ^ "Night in Amnesia: David Tronzo & Reeves Gabrels". Concord Music Group. 1995. 
  5. ^ Roussel, Patrice. "DISCOGRAPHY OF WAYNE HORVITZ". 
  6. ^ "Davide Sanborn: "Another Hand"". Elektra Musician. 1991. 
  7. ^ "Queen of All Ears". 
  8. ^ a b "David Tronzo, Associate Professor". Berklee College of Music. 
  9. ^ Haystack Gateway (PDF), Fall 2007 
  10. ^ "Plot Summary for Talking Guitars (2007)". Internet Movie Database (imdb.com). 
  11. ^ a b c "Tronzo, David (Richard)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. jazz.com. 

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