Dave King

Drums – Jazz Institute, Advanced Package

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ver the emphatic artist, drummer Dave King is most famous as a founding member of the contemporary trio The Bad Plus. Rooted in jazz, The Bad Plus has taken creative music to a new abstract height, examining reinterpretations of works by artists as diverse as Stravinsky, Nirvana and Tears for Fears. However, his re-definition of a performing musician’s role has not been limited to TB+, his personal side projects, or even the drum set.

Born on June 8, 1970, King grew up in Golden Valley, Minnesota. He listened to a wide variety of music and musicians, including Buddy Holly, John Coltrane, Led Zeppelin and Hank Snow. He started playing piano at age four and switched to drums in the fifth grade. He attended Cooper High School and the MacPhail Center for Music for five years, playing rock and jazz. He moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as a studio musician.

But it was in 1990 when King, pianist Ethan Iverson and guitarist Reid Anderson first started playing together. They formed The Bad Plus in 2001. King’s other trio, Happy Apple, with bassist Erik Fratzke, and soprano-alto-tenor saxophonist/keyboardist Michael Lewis, was formed in 1996. He also hosts a one-hour all-jazz radio show “King’s Speech” Sunday nights on Minnesota Public Radio’s KCMP, and a YouTube web series called “Rational Funk”.

Besides his working groups, King has recorded and or performed with Bill Frisell, Joshua Redman, Dewey Redman. Jeff Beck, Tim Berne, Hank Roberts, Chris Speed, Kurt Rosenwinkle, Django Bates, Dead Prez, The Coup, Joe Lovano, Bill Carrothers, Anthony Cox, Chris Morrissey, Mason Jennings, Haley Bonar, Meat Beat Manifesto, Craig Taborn, Matt Mitchell, Matt Maneri, Benoit Delbeq, Craig Green, Jason Moran, Tchad Blake, David Torn, Donna Lewis, Atmosphere, and a few more great people.

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