October 9, 1948|
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S.
|Origin||New York City|
|Genres||Jazz, contemporary jazz, Latin jazz|
|Labels||Enja, ECM, MCA, GRP, Heads Up, Verve|
|Associated acts||Double Image, Spyro Gyra, Caribbean Jazz Project|
Dave Samuels (born October 9, 1948) is an American vibraphonist and marimba player who spent many years with the contemporary jazz group Spyro Gyra.
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.
In 1979 he began recording with Spyro Gyra, eventually becoming a member of the band in 1986 and remaining with it through the 199s. During the 1980s he also recorded with Paul McCandless, Art Lande, Anthony Davis, and Bobby McFerrin. In 1993 he created the Caribbean Jazz Project.
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.
- 1980 One Step Ahead (Dire Silverline)
- 1988 Living Colors (MCA)
- 1989 Ten Degrees North (MCA)
- 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
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