Dave Samuels has established himself as the top mallet player of his generation. He is recognized for his fresh sound and creative approach to both the vibraphone and marimba. Samuels has demonstrated his versatility and gained worldwide recognition by performing and recording with a broad scope of artists, including Gerry Mulligan, Oscar Peterson, Chet Baker, Stan Getz, Carla Bley, Pat Metheny, the Yellowjackets, Bruce Hornsby, Frank Zappa, the Fantasy Band, and Spyro Gyra.
For more than a decade, Samuels has been performing and recording with his group the Caribbean Jazz Project, whose most recent album, Afro Bop Alliance, received a Grammy Award nomination and a Latin Grammy Award. Its recording The Gathering won the Grammy Award in 2003 for Best Latin Jazz Album. Samuels is also a member of Double Image, a vibe-marimba duo consisting of him and David Friedman, who have performed for 30 years. Samuels’s association with Spyro Gyra lasted from 1977 to 1994 and includes 20 recordings. During that time, the Grammy Award-nominated group was named No. 1 Contemporary Jazz Artist and Contemporary Jazz Group of the 1980s by Billboard magazine.