Norman David and THE ELEVENTET
Norman David directs, plays with and composes the music for his ensemble, The Eleventet. For almost 20 years beginning in the early 1980s, David led versions of the Eleventet in Boston, central Maine, and NYC. Among the musicians who have played with the band are George Garzone, Dick Oatts, Tim Hagans, John Fedchock, John Swana, Seamus Blake, Terell Stafford, Joe Magnarelli, Greg Hopkins. Jon Gordon, Ben Schachter, Gary Smulyan, Scott Robinson, Tom Lawton, John Hébert and Tim Horner.
In 2000, David assembled and debuted the first Philadelphia version of The Eleventet. In mid-2007, he finalized a permanent Philadelphia roster of players, comprised of the cream of that city's jazz artists and usually including some of the above-mentioned or other prominent musicians. The Eleventet is featured exclusively throughout the year at Plays and Players Theater, one of Philadelphia's venerable venues for the creative arts. Additionally, the band performs regularly at other notable locales in the region. The Eleventet produces breathtaking ensemble-playing filled with monster solos. David's original compositions and arrangements propel the listener down unexpected paths and through surprising twists and turns.
Norman David, a veteran of the music scenes in Boston and Philadelphia, is a prolific composer and arranger, recognized for his unmatched style and completely unique voice. He is also highly prominent as a saxophonist, clarinetist, author and respected music educator. As leader/composer or sideman at clubs, theaters, and festivals in the U.S., Canada, and Europe for many years, he has appeared with numerous jazz luminaries (including those listed above in the first bio), as well as with various all-star ensembles. He has been awarded grants in recognition of his jazz composing from the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum. He also continues to enjoy success as a composer of art music, his works having been premiered by Alea III, The Network For New Music, Les Thimmig, Arne Running, Charles Abramovic, Jonathan Blumenfeld, Jarred Antonacci, and The Temple University Wind Symphony.
David’s text book, Jazz Arranging (Scarecrow Press), continues to have a wide readership and to be adopted for course work at many colleges and universities. His latest book, The Ella Fitzgerald Companion (Praeger Publishers), an examination of the development and artistry of that great American singer, has received consistently favorable reviews and is on the shelves of hundreds of academic and public libraries in the U.S. and abroad.
Norman David earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from Temple University, a Master of Music in Composition from the New England Conservatory of Music, and a Bachelor of Arts from McGill University. In addition, he completed advanced studies in arranging and saxophone at Berklee College of Music. He is Artist-in-Residence and the Coordinator of Jazz Arranging and Composition at Temple University; and Adjunct Associate Professor at The University of the Arts where he is a member of the Composition faculty. He has previously taught at Berklee College of Music, Colby College, Franklin & Marshall College, Ursinus College, and the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts.