David Guidi - Saxophonist, Composer, Educator

David Guidi, Saxophone

Based in Austin, Texas, David Guidi has garnered national attention for his contributions as a saxophonist and composer. Referred to as a "Significant young artist, clearly committed to a long life of jazz" (Jazzreview.com) and "Someone to watch carefully in the future" (Cadence Magazine), he performs and writes with a harmonic edge deeply rooted in the jazz lineage. First identified as a rising artist in 2001, David was one of a select group of promising jazz musicians invited to attend the prestigious Steans Institute in Chicago. He has been recognized in numerous composition contests and was selected winner of one of the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards, later being asked to represent the ASCAP foundation in a performance at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Lincoln Center. He has performed across the nation, in Europe and Canada alongside some of the world’s most celebrated jazz musicians, including Dave Brubeck, Hank Jones, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Tito Puente, Eric Reed, Marcus Roberts, Clark Terry, Ron Westray and many others. In central Texas, he is active as an educator, clinician and adjudicator and works with many of the region's most recognized musicians.

As an arranger and composer, David enjoys the opportunity to write for a wide array of musical styles and venues, including small and large jazz ensembles, marching band, concert band, various string ensembles and orchestra. Working with state jazz educators, one of his etudes is included as part of the 2013-2014 Texas All-state Jazz Audition pieces. He is honored that the trombone ensemble, JazzBonez, named their recent release on Summit Records Watch It!, titled after a piece featured on the recording that he wrote for the group. Many of his compositions for jazz band are published with Walrus Music.

David currently serves on the faculties of Southwestern University and St. Andrew’s Episcopal Upper School. He taught previously at The University of Texas at Austin and Florida State University, and also maintained a large private saxophone studio of students who were routinely selected to region, area and all-state concert and jazz bands with many going on to pursue music with college scholarships. A past student of the highly revered saxophonist Bunky Green, David was a part of several high-powered collegiate ensembles recognized by Downbeat awards, and holds degrees from the University of North Florida (BM-Jazz Studies), Florida State University (MM-Jazz Studies) and The University of Texas at Austin (DMA-Jazz Composition).

Happy and proud to have a musical family, his wife, Shana, is the owner and director of Austin’s Monarch Suzuki Academy, and their daughter, Charlotte, who was born in 2012, is a boisterous and joyful participant in baby music class.

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