Biography of Musica Bella Orchestra member Dave Ballou

Dave Ballou, trumpet, can be heard in a wide variety of settings. Mostly a jazz player and composer, he has toured and recorded with such artists as Clark Terry, Sheila Jordan, Dewey Redman, Bobby Previte, Lamonte Young, Maria Schneider, Michael Formanek, Cameron Brown, Dave Holland, Joe Lovano, Orange Then Blue, Gunther Schuller, David Baker, the Smithsonian Masterworks Orchestra, Joe and Mat Maneri, Dave Liebman, Rabih Abou-Khalil, Kenny Werner, Tony Malaby, George Garzone, Mark Dresser, Kevin Norton, and Denman Maroney. A SteepleChase recording artist, Dave has recorded four critically acclaimed CD’s: Amongst Ourselves (featuring Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, and Jeff Williams); Volition (a trio with Cameron Brown and Jeff Williams); The Floating World (featuring George Colligan, Doug Weiss, and Darren Beckett); On This Day (with Billy Drewes, Tony Malaby, Michael Formanek, and Tom Rainey). Each 7Yrepresents a different ensemble and aspect of Dave’s palette. Dave also records for movie soundtracks and commercials, and performs in the orchestras of Broadway shows. Some of these include the theme for the News Hour with Jim Lehrer and the cast album for the musical 42nd Street. He has been on the faculty of the Maine Jazz Camp since 1991 and the Banff Arts Center from 1999-2000. He has been an artist-in-residence at Georgia State University and Amherst College. He has given numerous clinics and master classes on trumpet performance, improvisation, composition and arranging. He is an active teacher in New York City and the surrounding area. He received a MA from the University of New Hampshire, after receiving his BM from The Berklee College of Music (magna cum laude). He has studied trumpet with Laurie Frink, Greg Hopkins, Jeff Stout, Tim Hagans, Charles Schluetter, Robert Stilber, Vince Penzarella, and Julio Tancredi. He has studied improvisation with Joe Lovano, Kenny Werner, George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, and Hal Crook. Composition studies have been with Neil Sir, Herb Pomeroy, Paul Caputo, and Joe Maneri.

Musica Bella concerts: January 20, 2002