Haney was a member of the Society of Oregon Composers from 1980 to 1983.
His works were performed twice at the Berg Swann Auditorium in Portland, in 1980 and 1982, and at Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 1982. He was commissioned in 1984 to provide the music for a benefit fundraiser for the Oregon Ballet Theatre, which included the Dance Theater of Harlem. He has received six commissions from private individuals, and has provided recorded music for film through the Alberta Film Works in 1998. From 1980 to 1990, he wrote over 100 liturgical works. In 1997, he changed his focus to performing rather than composing; his first tour was with Roswell Rudd in Canada that year, then with Julian Priester in 1998. In 1999, he played at Yoshi's in Oakland, California with John Tchicai. In 2000, he performed solo at the Pacific Rim Chamber Festival in Tofino, Canada and the Calgary International Jazz Festival. He played in Portland in 2001 with Bud Shank and again with Julian Priester and Obo Addy.
On September 26, 2001 he played a solo concert six blocks from ground zero of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, at The Knitting Factory and a duo concert with Jorgen Munkeby at BlaJazz in Oslo, Norway. In 2002, he formed a Herbie Nichols tribute trio that performed concerts and on the radio KMHD in Portland and KJEX in Seattle, Washington. Later that year he played at The Knitting Factory with Andrew Cyrille and toured extensively with Argentine musicians Diego Chamy and Jorge Hernaez, paid in part by the U.S. State Departments of Argentina and Chile.
His trio was the headline group at the 2nd International Festival de Jazz de Valparaiso in Chile and several concerts and master classes throughout Argentina. He played a solo concert at Porgy and Bess in Vienna, Austria. In January 2004, Haney toured with Julian Priester playing at The Jazz Gallery in New York and concerts in France, Belgium and Germany.
In 2006 he recorded Blues Royale and Blue Flint Girl for the CIMP label.
At age 18 Haney moved to Davis, California, where he attended Sacramento City College. He met and married Joanna Aplington in 1976. They have four children together. Haney attended the University of New Orleans in 1977, and in 1978 he moved to Portland, Oregon. He studied music theory at nearby Clark College in Vancouver, Washington and took private lessons with jazz pianist Eddie Weid. From 1980 through 1985, Haney studied privately with Czech-American composer Tomáš Svoboda.
He currently lives in Richland, Oregon.
- The David Haney Collective - Live from Yoshi's (Cadence, 2010) with John Tchicai
- For Sale: Five Million Cash (Cadence, 2004) duo with Julian Priester
- Caramel Topped Terrier (Cadence, 2001) mit Julian Priester, Wilbert de Joode, Han Bennink
- The Music (CIMP, 2005) with Julian Priester, Adam Lane
- Blue Flint Girl (CIMP, 2009) with Adam Lane, Mike Biseo
- Blues Royale (CIMP, 2008) with Adam Lane, Mike Biseo
- Clalandestine / Conspiracy a Go Go (CIMP, 2008) with Andrew Cyrille, Dominic Duval
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