David Hazeltine

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David Hazeltine
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Background information
Born (1958-10-27) October 27, 1958 (age 60)
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, U.S.
GenresJazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer, arranger, educator
InstrumentsPiano
Years active1990s–present
LabelsSharp Nine, Chesky, Criss Cross, Venus, Smoke Sessions
Associated actsOne for All, George Mraz, Louis Hayes, Peter Washington
Websitewww.davidhazeltine.com

David Perry Hazeltine (born October 27, 1958) is an American jazz pianist, composer, arranger, and educator.

Early life[edit]

Hazeltine was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on October 27, 1958.[1] He began studying the piano at the age of nine, and first performed professionally when he was thirteen.[2] He attended the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music from 1976 to 1979.[2]

Later life and career[edit]

1980–1992[edit]

Hazeltine worked around Chicago, Minneapolis, and Milwaukee,[2] and was the regular pianist for the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery.[3] He obtained a BA from the University of Wisconsin in 1991.[2] After performing with Chet Baker at the Milwaukee Jazz Gallery, the trumpeter suggested he should move to New York City, which he did in 1981.[1] After two years, "domestic considerations prompted a return to his home town".[1] He returned to the Wisconsin College Conservatory of Music, and was the chairman of the jazz department from 1985 to 1992.[2] In 1992, he returned to New York.[1]

1993–present[edit]

In New York, Hazeltine led a trio that included Peter Washington on bass and Louis Hayes on drums.[3] He also worked with the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, Slide Hampton's big band, and the group One for All.[3] His first solo album, Four Flights Up, appeared in 1995.[3]

He has spent time composing, but has stated that he does not find it easy.[1] Although he is a pianist, he feels influenced more by saxophonists, particularly Charlie Parker.[1]

Discography[edit]

As leader/co-leader[edit]

Year recorded Title Label Personnel/Notes
1995 4 Flights Up Sharp Nine Quartet, with Slide Hampton (trombone), Peter Washington (bass), Ray Appleton (drums)[4]
1996 The Classic Trio Sharp Nine Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)[4]
1997 How It Is Criss Cross With Jim Rotondi (trumpet, flugelhorn), Steve Wilson (alto sax), Peter Washington (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
1998 Blues Quarters, Vol. 1 Criss Cross Quartet, with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Dwayne Burno (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
1998 A World for Her Criss Cross With Javon Jackson (tenor sax), Steve Nelson (vibes), Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes and Joe Farnsworth (drums; separately)
1999? Mutual Admiration Society Sharp Nine Quartet, with Joe Locke (vibes), Essiet Essiet (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)
1999? Waltz for Debby Venus Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)
2000 The Classic Trio, Vol. 2 Sharp Nine Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)[4]
2000 Senor Blues Venus Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)
2000 Pearls Venus Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2001 Good-Hearted People Criss Cross With Steve Davis (trombone), Jim Snidero (alto sax, flute), Jesse van Ruller (guitar), Nat Reeves (bass), Tony Reedus (drums)[4]
2001 Manhattan Autumn Sharp Nine Quartet, with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Peter Washington (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2002? The Classic Trio Meets Eric Alexander Sharp Nine Quartet, with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Peter Washington (bass), Louis Hayes (drums)
2003 Close to You Criss Cross Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2003 Alice in Wonderland Venus Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)[5]
2004 Modern Standards Sharp Nine Trio, with David Williams (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2005 Manhattan Chesky Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)[4]
2005 Perambulation Criss Cross Trio, with Peter Washington (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2006 The Inspiration Suite Sharp Nine With Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Joe Locke (vibes), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2006 The Jobim Songbook in New York Chesky Trio, with Nat Reeves (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[4]
2006 Blues Quarters, Vol. 2 Criss Cross With Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Dwayne Burno (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums), percussion[4]
2006 Alfie Venus Trio, with David Williams (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)[6]
2009? Mutual Admiration Society 2 Sharp Nine Quartet, with Joe Locke (vibes), Essiet Essiet (bass), Billy Drummond (drums)
2010 Inversions Criss Cross Quintet, with Eric Alexander (tenor sax), Steve Nelson (vibes), John Webber (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2012? The New Classic Trio Sharp Nine Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2013? Impromptu Chesky Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Jason Brown (drums)
2014? Your Story Cube Metier Trio, with George Mraz (bass), Jason Brown (drums)[7]
2014? For All We Know Smoke Sessions Trio, with David Williams (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2014? I Remember Cedar Sharp Nine Trio, with David Williams (bass), Joe Farnsworth (drums)
2016? Next Door Megabien with Billy Peterson
2018? The Time Is Now Smoke Sessions Trio, with Ron Carter (bass), Al Foster (drums)

As sideman[edit]

With Eric Alexander

With Javon Jackson

  • Sugar Hill: The Music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn (Chesky)

With Jesse van Ruller

  • Here and There (Criss Cross, 2002)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Crowther, Bruce (October 16, 2003). "David Hazeltine: Making It Mean Something". All About Jazz.
  2. ^ a b c d e Kennedy, Gary W. (2003), Hazeltine, David (Perry) [Hazers], Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J588600
  3. ^ a b c d Ankeny, Jason. "David Hazeltine". AllMusic. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Cook, Richard; Morton, Brian (2008). The Penguin Guide to Jazz Recordings (9th ed.). Penguin. pp. 677–678. ISBN 978-0-141-03401-0.
  5. ^ "Alice in Wonderland". venusrecord.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  6. ^ "Alfie". venusrecord.com. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  7. ^ Drouot, Alain (June 2014). "George Mraz/David Hazeltine Trio: Your Story". DownBeat. Vol. 81 no. 6. p. 75.

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