"Wow, what a sound, beautiful . . . exquisite texture . . . one of the best duos I’ve heard."

- Paul Bley, jazz piano legend

An important part of Boston’s Jazz scene since 1994, David Zoffer started his career in Pittsburgh, PA with televised appearances on keys and guitar beginning at age 12. Zoffer, now chair at New England Conservatory’s Prep/Continuing Education Jazz Department, and college faculty at Berklee and NEC’s Contemporary Improvisation Department, began cutting his teeth on Pittsburgh’s classic jazz and rock scenes.

Winning Jazz competitions in Pittsburgh led him to piano performances with Harry Connick, Jr., and Wynton Marsalis in New York, where he would later record and perform his originals and radical re-workings of standards on keys and guitar with Luciana Souza, Don Alias, Eddie Gomez, Bob Moses, Stan Strickland and Jeremy Udden at such venues including Iridium, The Knickerbocker, and The Bitter End. Zoffer has played numerous blues and jazz festivals ranging from Boston’s Regattabar jazz festival to the Reykjavik Jazz festival in Iceland.

Zoffer’s arranging and composing has extended to jazz/classical crossover performances and commissions from the Boston Philharmonic, the Handel Hayden Society with performances in larger venues like the Berklee Performance Center and Harvard’s Sanders Theater.

Several albums with his own instrumental compositions (such as The Beginning of the End Vols. 1 and 2, and Courage in Closeness w/Adam Larrabee) have been called, “Extraordinarily compelling…a stroke of brilliance” by Katie Debonville of Northeast Performer. One of his vocal CDs with his Zappa/Police/Stevie Wonder influenced group The David Zoffer Differntial (DZD) was top 10 on many US college jazz radio stations. A live show of the DZD, which has played major rock and jazz venues all over NYC and New England, was described as “a wondrous zone…an amazed audience… funky, syncopated…deep… thoughtful and tasty…” by Phil McKenna of Progressiveears.com. Zoffer’s tours supporting these recordings have led to international performances and radio play from California to Portugal including appearances on Voice of America radio and NPR.

David Zoffer combines the soulfulness of a blues musician, the compositional chops of an academic composer (he is Oberlin Conservatory’s 1st Jazz Composition graduate), the virtuosity of a jazz multi-instrumentalist and the stylistic diversity, arranging detail and storytelling lyricism of a pop music mastermind.

"There’s great tenderness, sensitivity, and grace on this wonderful CD. Though it is all new music, and decidedly more modern, it’s reminiscent of the masterful Bill Evans & Jim Hall duets in its level of musicianship and interplay."

- Bob Moses, jazz and world music legend

1. Autumn Leaves - excerpt
(straight ahead jazz)

by Kosma, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer-p, John Lockwood-b, Stan Strickland-sax, Bob Moses-d.

2. Safety Prayer
(vocal pop)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-synth bs, keys, and voc, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-g.

3. Things Ain't What They Used to Be
(solo piano)

by Mercer Ellington, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer - piano.

4. You Are My Sunshine - excerpt
(jazz/blues)

by Davis, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer-org. and gtr., Eddie Gomez-b, Don Alias-perc, Bob Moses-d, Stan Strickland-sax, voc.

5. Talk To Me - excerpt
(ballad)

by Adam Larrabee

David Zoffer-piano, Adam Larrabee-guitar

6. On Green Dolphin Street - excerpt
(Latin jazz)

by Kaper, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer-p, Eddie Gomez-b, Don Alias-perc, Luciana Souza-voc, Bob Moses-d, Stan Strickland-sax.

7. The Beginning of the End - excerpt
(rocked out fusion)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-piano and guitar, Eddie Gomez-b, Don Alias-perc, Luciana Souza-voc, Bob Moses-d, Stan Strickland-flute.

8. Chopin Nocturne Re-Composed
(jazz interprets classical)

Chopin, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer-piano, Adam Larrabee-guitar.

9. Driven
(odd meter ProgPop)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-electric piano and voc, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-b.

10. Basic Journey
(5-horn jazz)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-piano, Bob Moses-d, John Lockwood-b, Stan Strickland-sop. sx, Rick Stone-alt. sx, Kelly Roberge-ten. sx, Phil Grenadier-trp, Joel Yennior-tbn.

11. Much More Lovely
(reggae pop)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer organ and vocals, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-g.

12. FlamRap
(prog Hip Hop)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer rap, gtr, keys, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-b.

13. Need You So - excerpt
(contemporary jazz)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-piano, Adam Larrabee guitar.

14. Let Them Talk
(gospel influenced blues)

by Thompson, arr. Zoffer

David Zoffer-vocals and organ, Aaron Weistrop-guitar, Isac Haselkorn-drums.

15. I'll Be Around
(rock)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer-g, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-b.

16. Separation Anxiety
(prog funk)

comp. and arr. by Zoffer

David Zoffer bass and vocals, Eric Doob-d, Rajdulari-voc, Jamie Stewardson-g.

For full versions of the above tunes please visit David Zoffer on

SOUNDCLOUD.

"...coaxes and caresses, serenades...lush...Contrasting styles: That's the secret to the CD's success...remarkably, the musicians take turns with each role, sometimes in the same song. Great interplay, and lots of surprises revealed with multiple listenings."

- Dan McClenaghan, allaboutjazz.com

Rick McLaughlin group

Wednesday 1/7/15, 8pm
Beat Hotel
13 Brattle Street, Cambridge

Rick McLaughlin-bass, David Zoffer-piano, Jamie Stewardson-guitar, Gary Fieldman-drums, Jordan Pettis & Ron Murphy-vocals.


Rick McLaughlin Faculty Recital

Sunday 2/1/15, 8pm - 12am
Pierce Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
241 St. Botolph Street, Boston, MA

Rick McLaughlin-bass, David Zoffer-piano, Jamie Stewardson-guitar, Gary Fieldman-drums, Jordan Pettis & Ron Murphy-vocals.


New England Conservatory's Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation Faculty Spotlight

Tuesday 2/23/15, 8pm
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

David Zoffer piano and vocals, Oscar Stagnaro bass, Steve Langone drums, Caio Afiune guitar, Burcu Gulek, vocals.


Ken Schaphorst CD Release Concert

Tuesday 6/23/15 Jordan Hall, 8pm
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

Featuring a big band composed of the NEC's Jazz Lab and special guests.


The Music of David Zoffer - Celebrating 20 Years as Faculty at NEC!

Thursday 6/25/15, 8pm
Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory of Music
290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA

This concert will feature solo jazz piano, duets, rock quartet, progressive quintets, nonet and big band. Zoffer on keys, guitar, bass and vocals. Featuring the amazing faculty of New England Conservatory's Jazz Lab and special guests.

"This is a combination of just about all the different stuff I like."

- Don Alias, percussionist on Zoffer's "The Beginning of the End"