Receiving BS and MS degrees from the Juilliard School of Music, David Taylor started his playing career as a member of Leopold Stowkowski's American Symphony Orchestra, and by appearing with the New York Philharmonic under Pierre Boulez. Almost simultaneously, he was a member of the Thad Jones Mel Lewis jazz band, and recorded with Duke Ellington (The New Orleans Suite); The Rolling Stones; and Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Mr. Taylor has recorded four solo albums (Koch, New World, and DMP) and has presented numerous recitals throughout the world (including Carnegie Recital Hall, The 92nd Street Y, and Merkin Hall).
He has appeared as a soloist with the St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra , The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, The Caramoor Festival Orchestra, The NY Chamber Symphony, The Basil Sinfonietta, The Adelaide Philharmonic, and The Group for Contemporary Music among others. He has been involved in dozens of commissioning projects for the bass trombone in solo and chamber idioms, collaborating with composers including Alan Hovhaness, Charles Wuorinen, George Perle, Frederic Rzewski, Lucia Dlugoszchewski, Eric Ewazen, David Liebman, and Daniel Schnyder. He has appeared and recorded chamber music with Yo Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, and Wynton Marsalis. Throughout his career, David Taylor has appeared and recorded with many major jazz and popular artists including Barbara Streisand, Miles Davis, Quincey Jones, Frank Sinatra, and Aretha Franklin. Mr. Taylor has won the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Most Valuable Player Award for five consecutive years, the most it could be awarded, and has been awarded the NARAS Most Valuable Player Virtuoso Award, an honor accorded no other bass trombonist. He has been a member of the Gil Evans Band, Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Band, George Russell's Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and the Chuck Israel Band, to name a few. Although he has performed on numerous Grammy Award-winning recordings, 1998 was special. In 1998, Taylor performed on four Grammy-nominated CDs: The J.J. Johnson Big Band, Dave Grusin's West Side Story, Joe Henderson's Big Band, and the Randy Brecker Band. The latter two CD's were chosen for Grammys.
David Taylor currently performs with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center; The Charles Mingus Big Band; Eos Orchestra; The NY Chamber Symphony; The Mostly Mozart Festival Orchestra; The Michelle Camillo Band; Areopagitica (a brass trio in residence at Mannes College); The Bob Mintzer Band; and the Daniel Schnyder, David Taylor, and Kenny Drew Jr Trio. He appears frequently with Orpheus and The St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra. He is on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music and Mannes College.
Some upcoming events include appearances with the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, Chamber Music Northwest, and master classes and recitals in the US, Europe, and Japan. David has appeared with the Absolute Ensemble under the direction of Kristian Jarvi (this project was broadcasted on European TV and recorded for Enja Records), The Niederoesterreichische Tonkuenstlerochester, and The Tiroler Symphonie Orchester Innsbruck.