Dave Samuels

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Dave Samuels
Born (1948-10-09) October 9, 1948 (age 69)
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
Genres Jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Vibraphone
Years active 1974–present
Labels Enja, ECM, MCA, GRP, Heads Up, Verve
Associated acts

Dave Samuels (born October 9, 1948) is an American vibraphonist and marimba player who spent many years with the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra.

Biography[edit]

Samuels was born in Waukegan, Illinois. At the age of six he started playing drums and piano. He learned vibes and marimba while a student at Boston University. He continued his studies at the Berklee College of Music, also in Boston, and studied with vibraphonist Gary Burton. He taught percussion at Berklee before moving to New York City in 1974. Soon he was recording and performing with Gerry Mulligan, Carla Bley, and Gerry Niewood. He played in a vibe/marimba duo with David Friedman, who had been his teacher at Boston, releasing albums under the name Double Image.[1][2]

In 1979 he began recording with Spyro Gyra, eventually becoming a member of the band in 1986 and remaining with it through the 1990s. During the 1980s he also recorded with Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Anthony Davis, and Bobby McFerrin. In 1993 he created the Caribbean Jazz Project.[1]

Samuels wrote columns for the magazines Modern Percussionist and Modern Drummer, a method book, and made an instructional video. He has taught at Berklee and at the New England Conservatory of Music.[1][3]

Discography[edit]

  • 1980 One Step Ahead (Dire Silverline)
  • 1988 Living Colors (MCA)
  • 1989 Ten Degrees North (MCA)
  • 1989 Fountainhead with Andy LaVerne (SteepleChase)
  • 1991 Natural Selection (GRP)
  • 1992 Del Sol (GRP)
  • 1994 Synergy with Samuels (Tall Poppies)
  • 1998 Tjader-ized: A Cal Tjader Tribute (Verve/Polygram)
  • 2006 Mosaic (Concord)
  • 2007 Dualism[4]

With Spyro Gyra

With Caribbean Jazz Project

  • 1995 The Caribbean Jazz Project
  • 1997 Island Stories
  • 2000 New Horizons
  • 2001 Paraiso
  • 2002 The Gathering
  • 2003 Birds of a Feather
  • 2005 Here and Now: Live in Concert
  • 2006 Mosaic
  • 2008 Afro Bop Alliance

With Double Image

  • 1977 Double Image
  • 1994 Open Hand

As sideman[edit]

With Gerry Mulligan

With others

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 3 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 495. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Dave Samuels Biography". Billboard. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Dave Samuels". New England Conservatory of Music. 28 April 2015. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  4. ^ "Dave Samuels | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 May 2017. 

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