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2023 La Honda Music Camp

Dave Eshelman

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Dave Eshelman

Jazz 1 Director

Dave Eshelman is Director Emeritus of Jazz Studies at California State

University, East Bay. Dave led the CSU East Bay Jazz Ensemble on four

European concert tours (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007) as well as one tour to

Brazil (2001). The band performed at the International Association of Jazz

Education International Conference three times (1995, 1999, 2005). He

has conducted the California CMEA All State Jazz Band, the Northern

California Grammy In The Schools All Star Big Band and numerous district

and county honor jazz bands.

As a trombonist he has been a featured soloist with the big bands of Ray

Brown, Joe Henderson, Tito Puente and Gerald Wilson. His quartet CD

release Mystique features John Abercrombie, guitar, John Patitucci, bass

and drummer Peter Erskine. In the summer of 2002, Dave led an All-Star

Big Band Tribute to West Coast Jazz in concerts at the Verona Jazz

Festival in Italy and at the Vienne Jazz Festival in France. Among those

performing in that band were Bud Shank, Pete Jolly, Teddy Edwards, Joe

La Barbara, Bobby Shew, Bill Perkins, and Dick Nash.

He has recorded four jazz albums in association with Ray Brown and five

as leader-composer of the Jazz Garden Big Band. Dave was

commissioned by the San Jose Jazz Society to compose, record, and

perform Suite For Jazz Orchestra with his big band at the San Jose Jazz

Festival. He has written, conducted and recorded three CD projects for

Philippe Kahn featuring jazz greats John Abercrombie, Alex Acuna, Richie

Bierach, Terence Blanchard, Alan Broadbent, Patty Cathcart, Don Cherry,

Paul Contos, Peter Erskine, Charlie Haden, Billy Hart, Dave Liebman, Ron

McClure and John Patitucci.

Dave publishes with the Neil Kjos Music Company and Walrus Music. His

compositions and arrangements have been recorded and performed by

bands throughout the United States and Europe. Dave’s cd music and print

music are available online. He teaches every summer at the Hayward-La

Honda Music Camp. Since retiring in 2007 he has performed as guest

soloist with De Anza College, Albany High School, Diablo Valley College,

El Cerrito High School, The Jazz School Big Band, Cabrillo College, Santa

Cruz High School, The Sacramento Jazz Orchestra and has upcoming

dates with CSU East Bay at Yoshi’s and St. Mary’s College.

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