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David Longoria

David Longoria

from: Seattle, WA
Genre: Jazz/Dance/Latin

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David Longoria Biography
David Longoria, trumpet, vocals

DAVID LONGORIA was born at a very early age. :) He began singing along with his aunt Betty as she practiced her opera. It raised a few eyebrows as he was only 6 months old. He developed a love for music right away. He started playing the drums and moved to the clarinet. As a 9 year old, his fingers were not big enough to cover the keys. It was at the tender age of 10 he watched trumpet great AL HIRT perform on tv. 'That moment I knew I wanted to play the trumpet', says Longoria. 'I immediately threw my clarinet down on the couch and said I HAVE to do that!' Growing up poor was a challenge when David decided to learn to play the trumpet. 'I asked my parents how I could get a trumpet and they suggested I earn a little money and buy a used one. I found an old golden trumpet hanging in the window of Ben's Loan in my little town. Dino, the owner was amused that I wanted to buy it with my $5 as a downpayment, but he started a layaway for me and about a year and a half later that little beauty was mine, all mine. Sixty Five Dollars is hard to raise in a hurry when you're ten and poor', he remembers. 'I loved and appreciated that trumpet so much for all the hard work it was to get.' David had the same trumpet gold plated and still plays it to this day. The Salvation Army offered music lessons to build their local brass band so David joined the band and learned to play there. They loaned him a horn to play as he proved he was a wiling and able student. 'I played every Sunday at the church and it really taught me how to play and to be dedicated. I practiced every day of my childhood in my front yard. There are still a few neighbors I want to apologize to', he says.

David discovered such great players as Dizzy Gillespie, Herb Alpert, Miles Davis, Arturo Sandoval, Maurice Andre, Freddie Hubbard and Maynard Ferguson. 'Each of these players brought something different to the table. I was inspired to learn from all of them', he recounts. 'Playing for Dizzy Gillespie was an eye-opener for me, David says. 'One time I played a jazz solo and Dizzy said to me 'I really dug your solo' to which I said 'nah... I can play better than that'. Dizzy was offended and said 'Don't EVER insult me like that! When someone says they dug your solo just shut up and say thank you. Otherwise you are telling them they have bad taste'. I never made that mistake again!' He went on to play the trumpet for many other artists including Foreigner, James Brown, and Marvin Gaye. When he was 17 he put together his first original music which was released as a contemporary jazz album titled MONTAGE. He featured world class talents WALT WAGNER on piano, GRANT REEVES, sax and more musicians that he convinced to join his debut project. Releasing it on his own, he learned to distribute and promote the record even without the backing of established labels. He sold several thousand copies across the US and Canada before moving to Los Angeles to continue his career.
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