David King (drummer)

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Dave King at the Moers Festival 2017
David King (2012)

David King (born June 8, 1970) is an American drummer and composer from Minneapolis. He is known for being a founding member of the jazz groups The Bad Plus (with Reid Anderson and Ethan Iverson) and Happy Apple (with Michael Lewis and Erik Fratzke) although he is active in many other projects including free jazz collective Buffalo Collision with NYC "Downtown" musicians Tim Berne and Hank Roberts and the electronic art/pop group Halloween Alaska as well as the noise/prog band The Gang Font with former Hüsker Dü bassist Greg Norton.

Music career[edit]

King has recorded or performed with Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Joe Lovano, Dewey Redman, Chris Speed, Ursus Minor (with Tony Hymas, Jef Lee Johnson, François Corneloup, Jeff Beck, Julian Lage, Boots Riley and Dead Prez), Joe 'Guido' Welsh, Viktor Krauss, Matt Maneri, Bill Carrothers, Anthony Cox, Atmosphere, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Benoît Delbecq, Django Bates, Meat Beat Manifesto, Craig Taborn's Junk Magic, Tchad Blake, Tony Platt, Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar, Wendy Lewis, Chris Morissey, Jim Mcneely and HR big band, Peter Lang, Craig Green and his high school big band among others.

King has also written and performed for modern dance with the Mark Morris Dance Group[1] and for fashion, composing and performing live for three seasons of designer Isaac Mizrahi's fashion week shows at Bryant Park NYC[2] and for film with the award winning animated shorts "Bike Ride Story" and "Bike Race" by Tom Schroeder. In March 2008 King appeared with The Bad Plus on the Late Night with Conan O'Brien television show playing one of King's compositions, "Thriftstore Jewelry".[3]

In 2010 King released a solo record titled "Indelicate" on the Sunnyside label where the drummer plays duets with himself on piano aided by overdubbing in the studio.

In 2012 King released a trio record of standards featuring Bill Carrothers and Billy Peterson on Sunnyside Records titled "I'll be Ringing You".[4]

He has also released three records with The Dave King Trucking Co.: Good Old Light (2011), Adopted Highway (2014), Surrounded By The Night (2016) on Sunnyside Records.

King features in the documentary 'King for Two Days' which documents a two-night concert held at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, MN celebrating the music of Dave King and featuring performances by five of the bands he drums in.[5] King for Two Days is an official selection for the 2012 Big Sky Documentary Film Festival.

He also hosts a one-hour all-jazz radio show "King's Speech" Sunday nights on Minnesota Public Radio's KCMP,[6] and a YouTube web series called "Rational Funk".[7][8]

List of notable band memberships[edit]


Past projects and collaborators[edit]


  1. ^ "MMDG Repertory". Mark Morris Dance Group. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  2. ^ Borrelli-Persson, Laird. "FALL 2009 READY-TO-WEAR Isaac Mizrahi". Vogue. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Late Night with Conan O'Brien Episode #15.41". IMDB. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  4. ^ Chinen, Nate. "New Albums From Bad Plus and the Dave King Trio". The New York Times. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  5. ^ Roberts, Chris. ""Music fit for a King"". MPR News. Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  6. ^ "Acclaimed musician Dave King hosts new jazz program on The Current". Minnesota Public Radio. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  7. ^ Kearns, Kevin. "The Bad Plus's Dave King Releases Humor-Filled "Rational Funk??? Video Series". Modern Drummer. Retrieved 14 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Rational Funk with Dave King". Rational Funk. Retrieved 14 March 2017.

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