David Ambrosio - Bass
David Ambrosio, originally from the New York area, currently resides in NYC where he works as a freelance musician and educator. He leads the David Ambrosio Quartet (featuring Tim Hagens & Joel Frahm) and the David Ambrosio/Russ Meissner Sextet as well as the co-leader of two collaborative bands, Grupo Los Santos and 40Twenty, in addition to being a part of many groups including George Schuller’s Circle Wide, the Matt Renzi Trio, Eri Yamamoto Trio and the BMI/New York Jazz Orchestra led by Jim McNeely. He has also performed with such jazz greats as pianist Kenny Werner, Buddy DeFranco, George Garzone, Joseph Jarmon and Ralph Alessi.
With degrees in Classical composition and Jazz performance, David has a broad musical palate which only became intensified by some unique travel experiences in past years. In 2001 he had the opportunity to perform in Cuba with Grupo Los Santos and Max Pollack's Rumbatap as well as to work with Afro/Cuban folkloric music and dance ensembles. Soon after that experience his interest in Afro/Cuban Bata drumming began and, consequently, for the past six years has been studying Bata with master hand drummer Carlos Gomez. On numerous occasions he has toured in Central and South East Asia on behalf of the US State Department as a performer and clinician. He has performed and recorded with members of Uzbekistan's Folk Instruments Chamber Orchestra Sogdiana and Kyrgyzstan's most acknowledged folk musicians.
DAVID AMBROSIO/RUSS MEISSNER SEXTET "MOMENTS IN TIME" on Steeplechase Recordings featuring:
Loren Stillman, Nate Radley, Matt Renzi & Leonard Thompson
“The duo’s fluidity in navigating meters and creating seamless transitions informs the engaging, shimmering sound of Moments In Time. Meissner and Ambrosio ably bridge the poles, keeping things open yet grounded, probing yet cohesive. The two bolster the ensemble and prod soloists with their breathing, yet commanding, pulse. Their I’ll finish your sentence simpatico is evident.” - Jeff Potter, Downbeat
“In this gorgeous, achieved music you hear the reward for the long chase, the endless chase for beauty; producing a perfection that so rarely happens, and can only be a product of so much shared knowledge.”- Peter Watrous, long-standing Jazz Critic for the NY Times
“A finely textured album where the musical voices complement each other perfectly. Ambrosio and Meissner have penned the majority of the compositions that are rich on melodic hooks and narrative development. This record will put the spotlight on these two highly accomplished composers and players.” - Jakob Baekgaard, All About Jazz
“Something about the balance of a collective and a subtle unifying energy is really making it for me. And everybody has such beautiful sounds and relaxation in the time. No showing off, just writing and playing the music as if it was the easiest most natural thing in the world.” - Michael Attias, jazz saxophonist & composer
Released Spring 2014, a debut recording as a leader, DAVID AMBROSIO"GONE" on Fresh Sound Records features:
Loren Stillman & Russ Meissner
Available here on iTunes & Fresh Sound New Talent"These three men are gifted improvisers with big ears; a refreshing alternative to the hyper-particular constructive ideals that are pervasive in jazz today" - Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz