David Tronzo

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David Tronzo
Born (1957-12-13) December 13, 1957 (age 65)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
GenresJazz, pop, rock, experimental
Years active1972–present

David Tronzo (born 1957) is an American guitarist, best known[1][2][3] for his innovation of pairing the techniques of electric slide guitar with the genres of bebop, modern jazz, rock, downtown music, and experimental music. He has recorded with former David Bowie guitarist Reeves Gabrels, Wayne Horvitz,[4] David Sanborn,[5] and The Lounge Lizards.[6]


David Tronzo was born in 1957 in Rochester, New York. He was drawn to music at age eleven and decided on guitar by age thirteen and taught himself. By age fifteen he was playing gigs. "I was playing five nights a week, though I really just had three good notes and five good chords."[7] He credits rock music as an early influence.[3]

He lived in New York City from 1979 to 2002.[3] As Visiting Artist at Berlin's Hochschule der Künste (HdK), his technique on the slide guitar was documented in two doctoral theses in Germany, in 1995 and 2001.[3] He has also been an Artist in Residence at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.[3][8]

He appeared in the movie Talking Guitars as himself in 2007. His work has also appeared on the soundtracks of two films: Short Cuts in 1993 and Excess Baggage in 1997.

Tronzo has been an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music[7] since 2003.[9] [10]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 1993 Voted one of the Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century in Musician magazine Press Poll
  • 1994 Voted one of the Top Ten Jazz Guitarists by Musician magazine
  • 1995 Voted second in its 1995 poll for Best Experimental Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine


As leader[edit]

As member[edit]

  • At Home, Slow Poke (1998)
  • Redemption, Slow Poke (2000)
  • Queen of All Ears, Lounge Lizards (1998)
  • V16, V16 (2003)
  • Gravity All Nonsense Now, Club D'Elf (2005)
  • 100 Years of Flight, Club D'Elf (2005)
  • Now I Understand, Club D'Elf (2006)
  • The Sonic Temple Monday and Tuesday, V16 (2007)
  • VANCOUVER '08, V16 (2008)
  • Electric Moroccoland/So Below, Club D'Elf (2011)[12]

As sideman[edit]


  1. ^ Pareles, Jon (16 February 1992). "Review/Jazz; David Tronzo And Guitar". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Donohue-Green, Laurence. "Open Ears". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008.
  3. ^ a b c d e "David R. Tronzo". New Yorker. August 1994.
  4. ^ Roussel, Patrice. "Discography of Wayne Horzitz".
  5. ^ "Davide Sanborn: "Another Hand"". Elektra Musician. 1991.
  6. ^ "Queen of All Ears".
  7. ^ a b "David Tronzo, Associate Professor". Berklee College of Music.
  8. ^ Haystack Gateway (PDF), Fall 2007
  9. ^ "Tronzo, David (Richard)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. jazz.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21.
  10. ^ "Playing for Life | Berklee".
  11. ^ "David Tronzo | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
  12. ^ a b "David Tronzo | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.