|Born||December 13, 1957|
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Genres||Jazz, pop, rock, experimental|
|Associated acts||The Lounge Lizards, Spanish Fly|
David Tronzo (born 1957) is an American guitarist, best known 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, David Sanborn, and The Lounge Lizards.
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." He credits rock music as an early influence.
He lived in New York City from 1979 to 2002. 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. He has also been an Artist in Residence at the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Maine.
Tronzo has been an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music since 2003. He is no longer able to play guitar because of tendonitis in his elbow, brought on by his unusual playing technique.
Awards and honors
- 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
- Roots (Knitting Factory, 1994)
- Night in Amnesia with Reeves Gabrels (Upstart, 1995)
- Yo! Hey! (Radio Bremen, 1996)
- Crunch (Love Slave, 1999)
- At Home, Slow Poke (1998)
- Redemption, Slow Poke (2000)
- Queen of All Ears, Lounge Lizards (1998)
- Gravity All Nonsense Now, Club D'Elf (2005)
- 100 Years of Flight, Club D'Elf (2005)
- Now I Understand, Club D'Elf (2006)
- Electric Moroccoland/So Below, Club D'Elf (2011)
- 1991 Another Hand, David Sanborn
- 1991 Life's Too Short, Marshall Crenshaw
- 1992 Live at the Knitting Factory, John Zorn
- 1992 Phillip Johnston's Big Trouble, Phillip Johnston
- 1994 Last Day on Earth, John Cale/Bob Neuwirth
- 1995 Time Was, Curtis Stigers
- 1995 Travel On, Julian Dawson
- 1996 Walking on Locusts, John Cale
- 1999 An American Diary Vol. 2, Mike Mainieri
- 1999 Candy and Dirt, Heather Eatman
- 1999 Tender Trap, Janis Siegel
- 2000 Written in Red, Louise Taylor
- 2001 Real, Heather Eatman
- 2003 Dime Grind Palace, Sex Mob
- 2003 You Inspire Me, Curtis Stigers
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- Donohue-Green, Laurence. "Open Ears". All About Jazz. Archived from the original on July 9, 2008.
- "David R. Tronzo". New Yorker. August 1994.
- Roussel, Patrice. "Discography of Wayne Horzitz".
- "Davide Sanborn: "Another Hand"". Elektra Musician. 1991.
- "Queen of All Ears".
- "David Tronzo, Associate Professor". Berklee College of Music.
- Haystack Gateway (PDF), Fall 2007
- "Tronzo, David (Richard)". Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians. jazz.com. Archived from the original on 2008-08-21.
- "David Tronzo | Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- "David Tronzo | Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Cornejo, Karla (September 2008). "Review of the album "The Light and Other Things"" (PDF). All About Jazz (77). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2008.
- DiPietro, Phil (15 March 2008). "Giacomo Merega, David Tronzo, Noah Kaplan: The Light and Other Things (2008)". All About Jazz.