David Dyson

Born in Rapid City, South Dakota in 1965, David was brought to Washington, D.C. by his parents at the early age of two. He began his education in D.C. public schools, later moving to the metropolitan Washington area and attending Maryland public schools.

During this period, David played the baritone (euphonium) in school and in county orchestras earning superior ratings on his instrument. After hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson, the desire to switch to the bass was overwhelming. At age 12, David's parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar. Excelling rapidly, he eventually achieved the "outstanding bandmember" award during his high school senior year. 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 David's matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued.

Exposed to various idioms, David was able to absorb an array of musical flavors as well as perform in diverse musical situations.

Upon graduation, David locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist Walter Beasley. In January, 1989, he 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, David 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 spanning from the world renown jazz saxaphonist, Chico Freeman, to the R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner, Me'Shell N'degeocello.

Since May of 1997, David has been touring with Me'Shell N'degeocello in addition to recording and performing with various artists in between. Having several months off the road, while Me'shell was recording her latest release, David was recording his debut CD entitled "Soulmates" (Click on "Lo'hand Funk" icon for purchase inquiries). Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger, and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today's most promising artists.

Musical Director/Bassist with "New Kids On The Block" (1989-92)
Bassist/Composer with Chico Freeman & Brainstorm (1992)
Various Tours & Recordings (1993-Present)
Bassist with "Me'shell N'degeocello"
President - Lil Doc Productions, Inc. / Lo'hand Funk Records


A review about David Dyson's new album Soulmates is to find here.