David Dyson

Monday / October 26, 2009 / 7:30 p.m.
David Friend Recital Hall
921 Boylston Street
United States

Bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer David Dyson presents a concert.

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1965, David Dyson was brought to Washington, D.C. by his parents at an early age. Dyson played the baritone (euphonium) in school, but switched to electric bass after hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk, and go-go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and were supportive to Dyson's matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where he was able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations. Upon graduation, he locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist Walter Beasley.

In January 1989, Dyson was called to audition for Maurice Starr (producer of New Kids on the Block) and landed the gig. Eventually earning the position of musical director, Dyson helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle. In February 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists, such as world renowned jazz saxophonist Chico Freeman, the r&b songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Down Beat Poll winner Meshell Ndegeocello, contemporary jazz pioneers Bob James and Pieces of a Dream, award-winning Japanese jazz trumpeter Terumasa Hino, and South African artist Jonathan Butler, to name a few. In 1999, he joined trumpeter Tim Hagans and producer Bob Belden to write and record two CDs, both receiving Grammy nominations.

Dyson also performs as a solo artist with his band. In early 1999, he recorded his debut CD entitled Soulmates, which received worldwide critical acclaim. He then released his second effort, The Dawning, on his own label, Lohandfunk. His third CD, Unleashed! was released in late 2008.