David Berkman Solo Piano: The Music of John Coltrane and Pete Seeger

David Berkman

All Ages
David Berkman should be more famous. In a jazz world where everyone wants to be a composer Berkman was born one. He is a natural. –JazzTimes

New York pianist David Berkman performs music from his solo piano project-in-the-works, Tunes and Improvisations:The Music of John Coltrane and Pete Seeger (and maybe a few other folks). Berkman will play music that influenced him as a performer and composer, as well as originals inspired by these artists. Please note, this show will be taped by Essential Sessions Studios as part of a live performance video.

This is the second solo project for Berkman—his first being the critically-acclaimed album Self-Portrait, “These days records like this may be more worth your time than ever.” (The New York Times), “David Berkman, an inventive pianist and accomplished composer and bandleader, is in a reflective, romantic mood on this solo outing” which includes “four improvised sketches on this crystalline document.” (JazzTimes)


David Berkman has been an essential part of the New York jazz community for the last 30 years. He is an award-winning composer/bandleader and a recording artist whose titles have appeared on numerous year-end critic’s lists Berkman has published three books with Sher Music Publishing “The Jazz Musician’s Guide to Creative Practicing,” “The Jazz Singer’s Guidebook” and “The Jazz Harmony Book.” He has played in numerous bands including those of Cecil McBee, Tom Harrell and the Vanguard Orchestra and has performed with and/or recorded and/or arranged for numerous jazz luminaries, including: Sonny Stitt, Brian Blade, Dave Douglas, Billy Hart, Dick Oatts, Chris Potter, Lenny White, Jimmy Greene, Fathead Newman, Dakota Staton, Joe Lovano and Jane Monheit. Now appearing more and more often as a bandleader, Berkman has performed extensively in Europe, Japan, South America, New Zealand and around the United States.

Recent projects include the David Berkman Sextet release Six of One (2019 Palmetto Records, with Dayna Stephens, Adam Kolker, Billy Drewes, Chris Lightcap, Kenneth Salters w/guests Tim Armacost and Rogerio Boccato) and the seventh release by New York Standards Quartet Heaven Steps to Seven (2018, featuring Tim Armacost, Gene Jackson and Ugonna Okegwo) and and The David Berkman Quartet Old Friends and New Friends (Palmetto Records with Brian Blade, Linda May Han Oh, Billy Drewes, Adam Kolker and Dayna Stephens). Berkman is the Director of Jazz Studies at Queens College in New York and is an award-winning jazz clinician who has performed and taught at jazz camps, universities and conservatories around the United States, South America, Asia and Europe.

Venue Information:
The Dunsmore Jazz Room
6161 Hwy 65 NE
Minneapolis, MN, 55432