David Binney

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David Binney is an American alto saxophonist and composer living in New York City.[1]


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.

Selective discography[edit]

As leader[edit]

Year Title Label
1989 Point Game Owl Records/Mesa-Bluemoon Records
1995 The Luxury of Guessing Sledgehammer Blues
1998 Free to Dream Mythology Records
1998 Lan Xang, Lan Xang Mythology Records
2000 Lan Xang, Hidden Gardens Naxos Records
2001 Afinidad Red Records
2001 South ACT Records
2002 Balance ACT Records
2003 A Small Madness Auand Records
2004 Welcome to Life Mythology Records
2005 Fiestas de Agosto Red Records
2005 Bastion of Sanity Criss Cross Records
2006 Out of Airplanes Mythology Records
2006 Cities and Desire Criss Cross Records
2009 Third Occasion Mythology Records
2010 Aliso Criss Cross Records
2011 Graylen Epicenter Mythology Records
2011 Barefooted Town Criss Cross Records
2013 Lifted Land Criss Cross Records
2014 Anacapa Criss Cross Records

As sideman[edit]

With Uri Caine

Performance credits[edit]

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


  1. ^ Fordham, John (26 May 2011). "David Binney: Graylen Epicenter – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 27 May 2011. 

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