David Gilmore

Associate Professor

"To me, jazz music is a way of life and a way of thinking. It's about exploration, trying something new, discovering more about yourself, about music, about life in general. So I hope that when I teach it opens people's minds up to exploring different alternatives, not just trying to sound like someone else. That's good to study at first, but you have to find your own individuality and not be afraid to express that."

"Berklee has been a mecca for guitar players over the years. My first guitar teacher ever, John Baboian, still teaches here. I was fortunate in high school to have him as a private teacher. He came from the Berklee method—the William G. Leavitt method—which was really comprehensive. Later on, when I looked at other guitar books, I saw how unusable they were in a certain way. They dealt with tablature, not with notes. Piano players, horn players—most musicians—deal with notes on a staff. But a lot of recent guitar books are devoid of that. I've seen a lot of guitar players who can't even read music. They read tablature and they read other symbols, but not actual written note music. In a typical studio situation you're not going to find your part written in tablature."

"Many other great teachers are here, too. Randy Roos, Mick Goodrick, Tim Miller, and more modern players like Dave Tronzo, Dave Fiuczynski. Berklee brings all these divergent styles together, and students can pick and choose between different approaches. I wish I had come here!"

Career Highlights

 

  • B.S., New York University
  • Leader of the David Gilmore Group, Gizmotronic, Kindread Spirits, and Unified Presence
  • Member of the Christian McBride Band, the Javon Jackson Group, and the Ravi Coltrane Group
  • Performed with Muhal Richard Abrams, Randy Brecker, Don Byron, Uri Caine, Steve Coleman, Dave Douglas, Melissa Etheridge, Trilok Gurtu, Christian McBride, Meshell Ndegeocello, Sam Rivers, David Sanborn, Wayne Shorter, Joss Stone, and Cassandra Wilson
  • Released the CDs Unified Presence (RKM Music) and Ritualism (Kashka Records)
  • Recorded with Ralph Alessi, Ron Blake, Don Byron, Steve Coleman, Lost Tribe, Christian McBride, Wayne Shorter, Trilok Gurtu, and Cassandra Wilson