Dave Lalama


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D.A. in Composition

New York University

Composition with Tom Boras

M.A. in Composition

New York University

Composition with Paul Alan Levi

B.M. in Composition

Youngstown State University

Piano with Roman Rudnitsky, Robert Hopkins and Harold Danko

Composition with Mark Walker and Aldolphus Hailstork

Professional Positions

Hofstra University: 1984-Present

Professor of Music

Hofstra University: 1997-2003

Associate Chair, Music Department

Manhattan School of Music: 1982-Present

Jazz Piano, Composition and Arranging

Friends Of The Arts: 1995-2006

Jazz education program faculty member

Carnegie Hall: 1995-2002

JazzEd - Jazz education program faculty member

New York University: 1983-85

Jazz Improvisation, Composition and Arranging

Selected Performances

Performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz and numerous other jazz artists.

Performance at the JVC Jazz Festival with Anita O'Day at Town Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall with Cecil Bridgewater.

Performance with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for National Public Radio.

Featured guest on Marion McPartland's nationally syndicated Piano Jazz series.

Arrangements and Compositions

Arranged for such artists as Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and the off-broadway musical, Satchmo.

Premiered compositions in New York include: Sonata-4-Saxes (Long Island Saxophone Quartet), Sound Government (Wind Ensemble), and Variations On A Theme Of T.S. Monk (solo piano).

Composition Grants

Society of Composers, Meet-the-Composers, New York State Council of the Arts and several American universities.

Selected Discography (click the links for audio examples)

La Fiesta (w/ Woody Herman, Joe Lovano)

The Concord Years (w/ Woody Herman)

Live at the Concord Jazz Festival (w/Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz)

Chick, Donald, Walter and Woodrow (w/Woody Herman, Marc Johnson)

The Tides of Time (w/Roland Vazquez, Mike Stern, Anthony Jackson)

Inside (w/Marion Cowings, Bobby Watson, Harvie Swartz)

The Licorice Factory (w/Perry Robinson, Walter Perkins)

Post No Bills (w/ Joe Ascione, Tim Givens, Jerry Weldon, Ron Affif)


Big band jazz arrangements and reviews on Computer Music software and hardware.