About David Morgan
After my family, music is the love of my life. I am a musician through and through.
Writing, playing, practicing, and teaching—it's what I do.
Originally from San Francisco, David Morgan grew up listening to everything from the Beatles to John Coltrane to Chopin. After high school, David attended the University of New Orleans (UNO) to pursue his love of jazz.
At UNO, he studied piano and composition with legends Ellis Marsalis and Harold Battiste. It was there that he first played with Wynton Marsalis, James Rivers, Wes Anderson and Nicholas Payton.
As a jazz musician, there is no better place to learn to feel, to groove, and to do a gig than where jazz was born. New Orleans marries music and culture like no other city in the world.
I happened to be at UNO at a time when really amazing young musicians were in the program. We egged each other on in every way and pushed each other to become better musicians.
Venues of Note
Before heading for New York, producer/composer Battiste released his first jazz CD, Comment on AFO Records. David has since released two additional critically acclaimed live jazz CD’s, Hands of Time (Turnipseed Music), and The David Morgan Trio-Live at the Blue Note (Half Note Records) featuring drummer Jason Marsalis, bassist David Grossman and guitarist Peter Bernstein.
For fifteen years, David was the musical director and producer for world-renowned singer/songwriter Neshama Carlebach. He produced four albums for Neshama and co-wrote all of their original material. They toured worldwide—from across the United States to Russia, South Africa, Europe and Israel.
Music Education is a very important part of David's career. He leads songwriting and artistry workshops and gives a performance/lecture on Jazz history called Jazz Journey. David's rock band training program, The Music Shed, gives musicians of any age the opportunity to get coaching in rock and jazz music in a band setting.
As a composer, David keeps busy writing for television and film. He composes rock, pop, funk and orchestral music for CBS Sports and he scored the comedy feature film, “Hacks,” written and directed by writer/comedian, Glenn Rockowitz.
David has also worked with singer/songwriter Peter Himmelman, singer Diana Canova and legendary producer Nile Rogers. His latest singer/songwriter CD is Ordinary Glory.