David Hazeltine

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David Hazeltine
David Hazeltine.jpg
Photo by Sheldon Levy
Background information
Born (1958-10-27) October 27, 1958 (age 60)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
Years active1990s–present
LabelsSharp Nine, Chesky, Criss Cross, Venus, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsOne for All, George Mraz, Louis Hayes, Peter Washington

David Hazeltine (born October 27, 1958) is an American jazz pianist.

A native of Milwaukee, he performed professionally when he was thirteen. He worked as the regular pianist for the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery. While performing with Chet Baker, Baker suggested he should move to New York City, which Hazeltine did in 1992. He led a trio that included Peter Washington on bass and Louis Hayes on drums. He also worked with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Slide Hampton's big band, and the group One for All. His first solo album, Four Flights Up, appeared in 1995.[1]

He has spent time composing, arranging, and teaching. Although he is a pianist, he feels influenced more by saxophonists, particularly Charlie Parker.

In 2015, Hazeltine started an online course for jazz piano in which he explains principles and techniques used to reharmonize jazz standards. The course uses a display technique in which a moving score follows his hands as he plays.

Selected discography[edit]

  • Your Story with George Mraz
  • The Classic Trio (Sharp Nine, 1996)
  • The Classic Trio, Vol. 2 (Sharp Nine, 2001)
  • Manhattan Autumn (Sharp Nine, 2003)
  • Modern Standards (Sharp Nine, 2005)
  • Manhattan (Chesky, 2006)
  • Perambulation (Criss Cross, 2006)
  • The Inspiration Suite (Sharp Nine, 1997)
  • The Jobim Songbook in New York (Chesky, 2007)
  • Sugar Hill: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn with Javon Jackson and Tony Reedus
  • Alice in Wonderland (Venus, 2009)
  • The New Classic Trio (Sharp Nine, 2012)
  • Impromptu (Chesky, 2013)
  • For All We Know (Smoke Sessions, 2014)
  • Next Door with Billy Peterson (Megabien, 2016)

With Eric Alexander


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "David Hazeltine". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 October 2017.

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