After years of sideman gigs, ghost writing, musical director gigs, et al., and with the encouragement from all my students, I started this company to produce the music that I care deeply about. Thanks to my family and friends, LalamaMusic fulfills that dream.
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Dave Lalama is currently Professor of Music at Hofstra University and is a founding faculty member of the Manhattan School of Music Jazz Program. He received his doctorate in music composition from New York University and is active as a clinician and performer throughout the United States.
Dr. Lalama has performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis and numerous other Jazz artists and continues to actively compose, arrange and perform in the New York City metropolitan area. He is a sought-after accompanist having been musical director for noted Jazz singers; Eddie Jefferson, Dakota Staton and Anita O'Day. He was a co-director of Hofstra University's Louis Armstrong Symposium and has also been featured in academic conferences on Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby as a performer and conductor along with numerous jazz education programs for Carnegie Hall (JazzEd) with Justin DiCioccio and Friends Of The Arts (JazzLink) with Cecil Bridgewater. His most recent trio CD is entitled Family Portrait featuring all original compositions while his latest CD with the Lalama Brothers is entitled Erie Avenue. It features Ralph Lalama, Joe Lovano and Kenny and Peter Washington. His latest big band CD features original arrangements of Jazz standards and original compositions entitled The Hofstra Project. He has also been a featured guest on Marian McPartland's Piano Jazz series on National Public Radio.
Along with performing, Dr. Lalama has also published big band Jazz arrangements and articles about MIDI techniques and software. He has received composition grants from the Society of Composers, Meet-the-Composers, New York State Council of the Arts and several American universities and has been cited in The Biographical Encyclopedia Of Jazz, published by Oxford University Press. He is currently composing, orchestrating and recording a 70-minute score for a Jazz-oriented “dance musical” entitled The Bench: A Journey of Love, due for New York previews in the summer of 2015.