David Kay

Music Faculty, University School, Huntington Valley, OH

M.M., Jazz Studies, Indiana University; B.A., Telecommunications, Michigan State University; B.M.E., Instrumental Music, Michigan State University

David Kay teaches at University School (boys K-12 day school) in suburban Cleveland, OH, where he leads three high school jazz ensembles and a rock band and teaches theory and class guitar. Since 2000 he has been a member of the Cleveland-based Jazz Heritage Orchestra, where his work has drawn particular praise from the likes of Clark Terry and Benny Golson, the latter with whom the JHO recorded a CD in 2010. Kay earned his Masters in Jazz Studies at Indiana University, where as a sabbatical leave replacement, he was an instructor in IU's Jazz Studies Department. He studied classical saxophone with Eugene Rousseau, Larry Teal, and Daniel Deffayet, and improvisation with legendary IU Jazz Studies Chair David Baker (he recorded four albums with Baker; one receiving three and a half stars in Down Beat magazine). Besides being an active performer, for over three decades Kay has given presentations in the United States and Canada on improvisation-related topics at jazz, music education and music therapy conferences. He has performed with over 50 jazz and pop luminaries such as Aretha Franklin, Gary Burton, Mel Torme, Peter Erskine, Natalie Cole, The Temptations, Michael Feinstein, and Frankie Avalon.