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David Bixler
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David BixlerA veteran sideman on the New York Jazz scene, alto saxophonist David Bixler has recently emerged as an accomplished, urbane bandleader and composer. Over the past eleven years, David has made a name for himself in the trenches of the New York City jazz scene. David has performed and toured with the orchestras of Toshiko Akiyoshi and Duke Ellington at prestigious venues including the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C., Symphony Center in Chicago, the Snow Mass Jazz Festival in Aspen, CO, and New York's JVC Jazz Festival.

Since 2000 David has been a member of the Grammy-nominated Chico O'Farrill Afro-Cuban Jazz Orchestra, two years ago taking over the lead-alto chair. The band has toured through out Europe, North America and Central America in addition to performing at Birdland in New York City each Sunday. Additionally, during the fall of 2005, David performed with Jazz at Lincoln Centerís Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra at the historic Concert Hall in Shanghai, China.

During this time David began collaborating with trumpeter Scott Wendholt, guitarist John Hart, Ugonna Okegwa on bass, and Andy Watson on drums. Davidís debut Jazz Quintet CD entitled Lost In Queens was released in May of 2000. In the fall of 2003, David released his second CD, Show Me The Justice, which received national airplay and critical praise for demonstrating David's creative abilities as composer as well as improviser. His current CD, Call It A Good Deal, is slated for release in July 2006 on the Zoho label and features all original compositions by David Bixler. Ever expanding his compositional parameters, a new work for alto saxophone and string quartet is to be debuted January 2007 with the South Dakota Symphony string quartet.

A native of Wisconsin, David completed a Bachelor of Music degree and the prestigious Performerís Certificate from Indiana University. In addition to his talent as a musician and composer, David is also a jazz educator. He often gives master classes and presents clinics for students of all ages and he is a Visiting Specialist in Saxophone at Montclair State University in New Jersey.

David is married to violinist Heather Bixler. The Bixlers have four children and live in Harlem.

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