Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   David Berkman (Assistant Professor)

Fields of Study:
Jazz Piano

Degrees and Studies:


Biographical Information:
Since moving to New York in 1985, David Berkman has been an important part of the jazz community. He has performed extensively with the bands of Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell and with the Vanguard Orchestra. He has worked with many other great musician-leaders, notably Sonny Stitt, Hank Crawford, Joe Lovano, Scott Wendholt, Dave Stryker, Matt Wilson, Eliot Zigmund, Joel Frahm, Dakota Staton, Dick Oatts and in bands featuring Billy Hart, Ray Drummond, Eddie Henderson, Lenny White, Scott Hamilton, Fathead Newman, Billy Drewes, Tony Malaby, Terrell Stafford, and many others. He has received numerous grants and awards including the 2000-2001 Chamber Music America/Doris Duke New Works: Creation and Presentation grant. Now appearing more and more often as a bandleader, David Berkman has performed solo and with his quartet, quintet and sextet at festivals and clubs in the United States, Europe and Japan, most recently at the Edinburgh and Glagow Jazz festivals in Scotland. He just completed his first Spanish tour with his Quartet.

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