He joined Blood, Sweat, and Tears in 1970, after Jerry Hyman departed, and first appeared on the album Blood, Sweat & Tears 4. With this group he recorded the jazz-rock solo on the tuba in "And When I Die/One room country shack" on the album Live and Improvised (1975). His recording credits with BS&T include eleven albums.
A break in their schedule allowed Dave to join the Gil Evans Orchestra in 1972, and he remains a member of that Orchestra to this day.
After leaving BS&T, Dave became a freelance recording and jazz artist. Based in New York City, he has recorded with Billy Joel, Paul Simon, Mick Jagger, James Taylor, Eric Clapton, David Sanborn, Carla Bley and Pat Metheny. Dave currently records and tours internationally with the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band from Switzerland, the George Russell Living Time Orchestra, and was a long-time member of Jaco Pastorius' Word of Mouth Band. He also records and tours with 'Tuba Tuba', a jazz tuba band in which he plays with Michel Godard, Luciano Biondini, and Kenwood Dennard. 'Tuba Tuba' tours Europe and performs at various jazz festivals and master classes. He is also a charter member of Howard Johnson's "Gravity," the 6-tuba group that has been together since 1968.
Bargeron has released several CDs, both as a soloist and in collaboration with others. He now lives in New York and has four children.
Bargeron often plays a King 3B with a sterling silver bell and uses a Besson EEb tuba. Examples of his work can be heard on the BS&T songs "Go Down Gambling", "Redemption," "Snow Queen," and "No Show."
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With Gil Evans
- Live at the Public Theater (New York 1980) (Trio, 1981)
- Bud and Bird (Electric Bird/King, 1986 )
- Farewell (Evidence, 1986 )
With George Gruntz
- Theatre (ECM, 1983)
With Billy Joel
- Dave Bargeron official website. Pictures, discography, B.R.A.V.O., and contact information