David Binney Biography

2 August 1961, Miami, Florida, USA. Binney was raised in Ventura, California, and began playing saxophone at an early age. He studied at the Grove School and at the LA Jazz Workshop. Although concentrating on alto, he also became highly proficient on the soprano and tenor saxophones. In 1981 he relocated to New York City where he studied with George Coleman, Dave Liebman and Phil Woods. In 1991 Binney toured the USA, Europe and Canada with Cecil McBee, and repeated the experience every year through to the end of the century. During the 90s, he also appeared with Uri Caine’s Mahler Project (appearing on Gustav Mahler In Toblach), the Gil Evans Orchestra, Aretha Franklin (at Carnegie Hall in 1996), Matthew Garrison, David Gilmore, Drew Gress’ Jagged Sky, Medeski, Martin And Wood (playing on It's A Jungle In Here), Virgil Moorfield, Maceo Parker, Lonnie Plaxico, Bobby Previte’s Horse, the Edward Simon Group, Maria Schneider, Marvin ‘Smitty’ Smith’s Electric Band and Leni Stern. Binney has also had long-term relationships with Lan Xang, Lost Tribe and Global Theory. He was the special featured guest with Life On Mars’ Canadian Project and Eric St. Laurent’s Osmose, German Project. He also performed on television in the Saturday Night Live band in 1999. The previous year he formed his own recording company, Mythology Records, producing and co-producing his own records and also sessions by Jamie Baum and Lost Tribe.

Closely associated with the avant garde, on Binney’s own name recording sessions he has usually gathered around him similarly free-thinking spirits, including Brian Blade, Caine, Scott Colley, Jeff Hirshfield, Donny McCaslin, Bill Frisell, Plaxico, Adam Rogers, Simon and Smith, several of whom he has worked with as a sideman or in Lost Tribe and Lan Xang.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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