David Tronzo

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David Tronzo
Born (1957-12-13) December 13, 1957 (age 60)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz, pop, rock, experimental
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1972–present
Associated acts The Lounge Lizards, Spanish Fly

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,[4] Wayne Horvitz[5] David Sanborn,[6] and The Lounge Lizards.[7]


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."[8] 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][9]

He appeared in the movie Talking Guitars as himself in 2007.[10] His work has also appeared on the soundtracks of two films: Short Cuts in 1993 and Excess Baggage in 1997.

He tours extensively throughout the United States and Europe.[11]

Tronzo has been an Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music[8] since 2003.[11] Among his more known students is guitarist Dani Rabin of Marbin. He also teaches private lessons, along with masters classes and workshops when he tours.[11]


with the Tronzo Trio
1994 Roots
1996 Yo! Hey!
with David Tronzo and Reeves Gabrels
1995 Night in Amnesia
with Tronzo, Granelli and Epstein
1999 crunch
with Giacomo Merega, David Tronzo, and Noah Kaplan
2008 The Light and Other Things


1993 Short Cuts
1997 Excess Baggage

Awards and honours[edit]

Year Award / Recognition
  • Voted one of the Top 100 Guitarists of the 20th Century in Musician's Magazine Press Poll
  • Voted one of the Top Ten Jazz Guitarists by Musician magazine
  • Voted second in its 1995 poll for Best Experimental Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine
  • Voted one of the Dirty Thirty Pioneers and Trailblazers by Guitar Player magazine


  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. ^ "Night in Amnesia: David Tronzo & Reeves Gabrels". Concord Music Group. 1995. [permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Roussel, Patrice. "Discography of Wayne Horzitz". 
  6. ^ "Davide Sanborn: "Another Hand"". Elektra Musician. 1991. 
  7. ^ "Queen of All Ears". 
  8. ^ a b "David Tronzo, Associate Professor". Berklee College of Music. 
  9. ^ Haystack Gateway (PDF), Fall 2007 
  10. ^ "Plot Summary for Talking Guitars (2007)". Internet Movie Database (imdb.com). 
  11. ^ a b c "Tronzo, David (Richard)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. jazz.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21. 

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