native son of the city where Jazz was born, its only fitting that Dave
Badie’s passion turned to this particular form of musical expression.
Born into a musical family, it was no surprise when at 4-years old,
Dave showed a particular affinity for percussion.
The beating of the drums would soon give way to an interest in
woodwinds, with his first love being the saxophone. It was the
improvisation of Cannonball Adderley and Miles Davis that first caught
Dave’s ear. And
while his passion burns to play straight ahead, his versatility allows him
to reach a larger audience by playing Jazz in its contemporary form.
Badie’s musical evolution can be traced to his perseverance,
diligence, and unending love of the creative process.
Having lived as a “sideman” for the majority of his career,
Badie’s resolve has finally allowed him to step out front.
His creativity stretches across different media.
From producing and directing music videos, to a background in film,
he’s worked with scores of musicians, including the likes of Rita
Coolidge, Boz Scaggs, and Aaron Neville.
The true testament, however, lies in the music. The debut album, “The Court Jazzster” is a complex tapestry, tempered by Badie’s personal experiences. Despite the smoothed-out R&B-influenced grooves, there still exists an underlying texture that should remind the listener Badie continues to pledge allegiance to Jazz in its purest form.