Dave Eshelman Biography and Press
Dave Eshelman is Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at California State University, East Bay. Dave led the CSU East Bay Jazz Ensemble on four European concert tours (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007) as well as one tour to Brazil (2001). The band performed at the International Association of Jazz Education International Conference three times (1995, 1999, 2005). He has conducted the California CMEA All State Jazz Band, the Northern California Grammy In The Schools All Star Big Band and numerous district and county honor jazz bands.
As a trombonist he has been a featured soloist with the big bands of Ray Brown, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gerald Wilson. His quartet CD release Mystique features John Abercrombie, guitar, John Patitucci, bass and drummer Peter Erskine. In the summer of 2002, Dave led an All-Star Big Band Tribute to West Coast Jazz in concerts at the Verona Jazz Festival in Italy and at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. Among those performing in that band were Bud Shank, Pete Jolly, Teddy Edwards, Joe La Barbara, Bobby Shew, Andy Martin, Bill Perkins, and Dick Nash.
He has recorded five projects as leader-composer of the Jazz Garden Big Band and four jazz albums in association with Ray Brown. Dave was commissioned by the San Jose Jazz Society to compose, record, and perform Suite For Jazz Orchestra with his big band at the San Jose Jazz Festival. He has written, conducted and recorded three CD projects for Philippe Kahn featuring jazz greats John Abercrombie, Alex Acuna, Richie Bierach, Terence Blanchard, Alan Broadbent, Patty Cathcart, Don Cherry, Paul Contos, Peter Erskine, Charlie Haden, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Ron McClure and John Patitucci.
Dave publishes with the Neil Kjos Music Company and Walrus Music Publishing. His compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by bands throughout the United States and Europe. Since retiring in 2007 he has performed as guest soloist with De Anza College, Albany High School, Diablo Valley College, El Cerrito High School, The Jazz School Big Band, Cabrillo College, Santa Cruz High School, The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra, CSU East Bay at Yoshi’s , St. Mary’s College and presented clinics for the CMEA State and Bay Section Conferences. Dave currently teaches every summer at the Hayward-La Honda Music Camp and leads the Jazzschool Studio Band at the California Jazz Conservatory in Berkeley, California.
Jazz Garden Big Band: Individual excitement…collective virtuosity…4 1/2 stars downbeat; Scintillating…fascinating…thrilling…beautiful…The Penguin Guide To Jazz; Absorbing stuff…Rapport; As big bands go this must rank as one of the best around today… Jazz Journal International; Consistently satisfying… JAZZIZ
Quotes from the audience in social media:
De Anza College May 30 and Yoshis June 2, 2014
…keep the great music going… Barry
…I am still on a euphoric high from the experience. All the charts played were terrific and the execution was superb. What a treat for the ears. Darrell
Still smiling… Laura
Great band and awesome compositions and arrangements Rich
What fun! Steve
Yoshi's Oakland June 2, 2014
Unbelievable band ! Carrie
It was a night of many brilliant stars… I was in awe at all the talent in that room!
Just fantastic! Alice
Great concert. Cynthia
The band was awesome ! So much fun… Paula
… a shining example of the way jazz ought to be shared… Jim
What a treat to hear this wonderful band again. The band was great. Paul
Full house at Yoshi's, great concert. The band was fantastic. Justin
Dave Eshelman has really reached a large cross section of the Bay Area… Ronnie
It was amazing. Joe
Wow. What a great and inspiring concert. Steve
There were several moments that gave me chills! Dianna
The Jazz Garden band was, as always, stupendous… extraordinary… impressive… gorgeous… terrific… excellent… Thank you for a wonderful evening. I hope there are many more. Adrian
It was such an amazing evening… Susan
Fabulous show tonight at Yoshi's. Thanks. Gerri
I cried twice. Linda