David Becker About the Educator

For more than a quarter of a century, Grammy nominated guitarist, composer and producer David Becker has continued to define himself as one of the best and most unique voices in jazz and contemporary music by combining diverse influences and a passion for the new and different, and his ability to play for the present while always keeping an eye on the past and future. Together with his brother Bruce on drums, they have led the critically acclaimed DAVID BECKER TRIBUNE to a worldwide audience by performing in more than 25 countries.

Over the years, the DBT has shared the stage with such celebrated jazz acts as Miles Davis, Chick Corea, Michael Brecker and many more. German television journalist Roger Willemsen (ZDF) called him "One of the best Jazz guitarists ever." Jazz Podium and Downbeat called him "A poet on the Jazz Guitar." Jazz Thing and Gitarre & Bass called him a virtuoso. David has released 14 recordings many topping the jazz and contemporary music charts. The DBT has performed at some of the most prestigious venues throughout the world including London's Barbicon Centre, Rotterdam's De Doelen, Munich's Olympia Halle, Buenos Aires Ateneo and New Yorks Felt Forum (Theater at Madison Square Garde-and Birdland. The DBT has also appeared at several international jazz festivals including The Monterey Jazz Festival, Monterey, CA, Saulkrasti Jazz Festival, Latvia, La Plata Jazz Festival, Argentina, Jazz op den Berg, Belgium, Robert Norman Festival, Norway, Ambon Jazz Festival, Indonesia and Hildener Jazz Tage, Germany.

David Becker graduated from Musicians Institute in 1981 at age 19 and by age 22 he was touring the globe with the David Becker Tribune. David signed with MCA records in 1986 and the first DBT release Long Peter Madsen debuted. Siberian Express (#1 R&R) followed in 1988 and the DBT established themselves in the world of Contemporary Jazz performing in 44 of the 50 US states.

In 2005, Becker released a duo effort with guitar master Joe Diorio, THE COLOR OF SOUN-The CD was called "One of the best Guitar duo recordings of all time." LEAVING ARGENTINA from 2007 received high praise by the international press. Down Beat gave it 4 Stars and the BBC said, Brilliant musicianship. A really lovely album, in fact. David's music has been played on radio and television around the globe including ARD, The Weather Channel, Voice of America, XM and Sirius Radio, NPR, Europa Plus, and AEI In-Flight Entertainment.

David Becker has also performed with guitar greats such as Attila Zoller, Larry Coryell, John Abercrombie and Kenny Burrell. He has released three instructional books called GETTING YOUR IMPROVISING INTO SHAPE (Mel Bay/Acoustic Music), PLAYING IN SHAPES (FingerPrin-and RHYTHMIC MOTIFS FOR COMPING AND SOLOING (FingerPrint). His books have been top sellers and received great reviews all over the globe. The books are available in English and German. He has performed master classes and workshops around the world including, UNT in Denton, U of Arts in Philadelphia, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, Conservatorium, Maastricht, Hochschule, Köln, Music Tech College, St.Paul, Guitar Summer Workshop, Freiburg, Academy of Contemporary Music, Zurich, Musicians Institute, Hollywood and USC Thornton School of Music.

With the release of the highly personal and critically acclaimed recording BATAVIA in 2010, Becker crossed the border of musician and has become an advocate for the forgotten WW II Dutch POWs in Indonesia. BATAVIA was ranked as one of the top 10 World Music recordings of 2010, and continues to receive praise around the globe. The DBT have continued to perform the songs live to further tell the forgotten stories of the POWs which included his family. Additional projects for 2013/2014 included the TODD WALLIN PROJECT/featuring DAVID BECKER, which David produced and co-composed many of the tracks. The single, "Spring Fling received steady airplay. And the critically acclaimed DBT release DISTANCE TRAVELED which made it into the CMJ Jazz top 2-In 2015, The Heritage "David Becker" Signature 575 guitar was unveiled at NAM-Two new recording projects were released. A solo outing The Lonely Road (Acoustic Music Record-and a tribute to Attila Zoller "Message to Attila (ENJA) which features Ron Carter, Pat Metheny, Mike Stern, John Abercrombie, Peter Bernstein and more. Also the new David Becker instructional video Transitions to Jazz was released by True Fire and has been in the top 10 most popular videos since its release. "The Lonely Road" reached #30 on the iTunes Instrumental top 100 charts and was called, One of the best solo guitar CDs available today by Amazon U.