David Berger

David Berger

David Berger, jazz composer, arranger and conductor, is recognized internationally as a leading authority on the music of Duke Ellington and the swing era. Conductor and arranger for the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra from 1988 through 1994, Mr. Berger has transcribed more than 700 full scores of classic recordings, including nearly 500 works by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn. In 1996, Mr. Berger collaborated with choreographer Donald Byrd to create the Harlem Nutcracker, a full-length two-hour dance piece that expands on Tchaikovsky/Ellington/Strayhorn score. A 15-piece band, known as "The Sultans of Swing", was assembled to play this show. his ensemble, which has stayed together and continues to play Mr. Berger's music for listeners and swing dancers all over the United States and Europe, is currently completing its third CD. Mr. Berger has written music for television, Broadway shows, including Sophisticated Ladies; films, including The Cotton Club and Brighton Beach Memoirs; and dozens of singers, bands, orchestras and dance companies. David Berger's jazz compositions and arrangements and transcriptions are played by hundreds of bands every day all over the world. A seven-time recipient of National Endowment for the Arts fellowships, Mr. Berger resides in New York City where he teaches at the Juilliard School.

 

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