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David Garfield

Show Times: 7pm, 9pm, and 10:15pm

A $20 cover charge applies after 8pm.

David Garfield has been driven by the same mission statement since moving from his hometown of St. Louis to Los Angeles as a teenager in the early 70s: “I make music.” Fully living up to this vision and in more expansive ways over the past few decades, the multi-talented keyboardist, composer, arranger and recording artist has established himself an eclectic force of musical nature. At any given point during his career—and often at the same time—he has been a renowned songwriter, producer, bandleader (of Los Angeles based contemporary world jazz collectives Karizma and Los Lobotomys), arranger, recording artist, record label owner (Creatchy Records), session and touring musician, musical director and composer of various commissioned themes for global organizations.

For the multi-talented musician, the past decade has been particularly fruitful and creatively gratifying. In addition to composing songs for and performing on Perfect Harmony, the epic 2013 3-CD project for Karizma released on Creatchy, he started a songwriting partnership with Motown legend Smokey Robinson. Their co-write “One Like You” was recorded by George Benson on his 2009 album Songs & Stories. Garfield, who has done numerous stints as Benson’s musical director since 1986 (including his current run which began in 2007), also arranged, produced and performed on the legendary singer/guitarist’s 2011 release Guitar Man.  

In 2015, Garfield arranged and performed on “Higher Than The World,” the track Benson recorded with Van Morrison as part of the rock/soul legend’s all-star collection Duets: Re-working the Catalogue. Garfield will be touring in the late summer/fall 2017 with Benson in a double bill tour with saxophone superstar Kenny G. He is creating the arrangement for a special duet of the classic hit “Mornin’” by the two legends that pays homage to recently departed friend and collaborator and pop/R&B/jazz great Al Jarreau.  

In addition to his multi-faceted work with George Benson, Garfield continues ongoing musical relationships with numerous musical legends, including Smokey Robinson, David Sanborn and Michael McDonald. Over the years, he has recorded with Cher, Freddie Hubbard, Spinal Tap, The Rippingtons, Ratt, Larry Carlton and Hiroshima; produced for Oleta Adams and Flora Purim; and has performed live with Boz Scaggs, Michael Bolton, The Blue Brothers, Natalie Cole, Brenda Russell and Rick Braun, among others. Early in 2012, he was presented with the Hall of Fame Award from the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta; Garfield has performed at the famed Indonesia event several times, including performances with the late Larry Coryell and most recently with saxophonist Gerald Albright and vocalist Alex Ligertwood. The same trio of musicians later performed at the Blue Note in Tokyo. Since 2016, the keyboardist has also performed spot tour dates around the U.S. with his friend and fellow St. Louis native, sax great David Sanborn.

Garfield has been commissioned to write and produce theme songs and musical projects for several international organizations, including the song and CD “Pool of Friendship” for the Swimming Aquatics organization LEN (League of European Nations); the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC); and “Deep Within Each Man” (co-written with Phil Perry) for the Shorinji Kempo Japanese Karate Foundation. Garfield recently produced “I Play The Piano,” a Blue Ray DVD of Terry Trotter playing solo piano on AIX Media.

As the owner of the independent label Creatchy Records, Garfield has produced numerous solo recordings and projects for many other artists. His first international release on Creatchy, 1997’s Tribute To Jeff, was dedicated to the late drummer Jeff Porcaro (a longtime friend) and featured contributions by superstars Don Henley, Eddie Van Halen, Michael McDonald, Richard Marx and many others. The album featured the global Top 10 radio hit “Let’s Stay Together,” a fresh twist on the Al Green classic. Garfield followed the Top Ten chart success of Tribute To Jeff with his subsequent releases I Am the Cat, Man and Giving Back, the latter of which enjoyed regular airplay throughout the U.S., Europe, Japan and Australia. He also re-released on Creatchy several collections from earlier in his career, including L.A. Keyboard Project, Recollections and Seasons of Change.

Featuring many of Los Angeles’ top session and touring musicians, Karizma’s discography on Creatchy includes Dream Come True, Cuba, All The Way Live, Forever in the Arms of Love, Document and Lost and Found. The other projects he has helmed for Creatchy include albums by guitarists Michael Landau and Michael O’Neill, saxophonists Brandon Fields and Larry Klimas and, most recently, former Toto bassist Mike Porcaro. Another classic Creatchy release, Los Lobotomys, is a collaboration with prominent members of the pop band Toto, with whom Garfield has performed many times throughout the years. Garfield also frequently does free-lance keyboard and production work for up and coming artists from across the U.S. and throughout the world, including Italy, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, The Netherlands, Japan, Thailand, Mexico and Argentina. 

In August 2017, Garfield released his latest single, a fresh re-imagining of Stevie Wonder’s “Go Home,” featuring Paul Jackson, Jr., Kirk Whalum, Freddie Washington, Tony Maiden, Greg Phillinganes (who played with Stevie in the 70’s and 80’s) and the sizzling horn section of Tower of Power legend Stephen “Doc” Kupka and Eric Marienthal. “Go Home” is the first in a series of single track releases that Garfield will release from his upcoming all-star studio project, an expansive work that will feature numerous superstar collaborators from a multitude of genres: George Benson, David Sanborn, Oleta Adams, Rick Braun, Marcus Miller, Robert Greenidge (Jimmy Buffet), Wallace Roney, Brandon Fields, Walt Fowler, Airto Moreira, Oz Noy, Jim Keltner, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), Alex Ligterwood (Santana), Denny Dias (Steely Dan), Jason Scheff (Chicago) Kenya Hathaway, Henrik Linder (Dirty Loops), John Klemmer, Michael McDonald, Pete Christlieb, Poncho Sanchez, Ray Parker, Jr., Rickey Minor, Lamont Dozier, Jr., Tom Scott, Nathan East, Kenya Hathaway, Randy Brecker, members of the Zac Brown Band, members of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, legendary Doors drummer John Densmore and Larry Coryell in his final performances. The album will include never before recordings of vocal tunes Garfield wrote with Smokey Robinson.

At the same time as he was performing his first gigs with Karizma in the mid- 70s, Garfield began working with jazz greats such as Willie Bobo, Freddie Hubbard and Tom Scott. After establishing himself on the L.A. jazz scene, the keyboardist became a key part of the city’s vast studio world during its heyday and earned a reputation for fine craftsmanship and versatility. These experiences ultimately led to composing opportunities for TV, film and commercials for such companies as NBC, Disney, Nippon Television and RTL Germany. He recently scored a promotional video for the Swiss watch company Omega. During the 80’s, Garfield arranged and produced many top Japanese artists and went on to produce his own projects for release in Japan. For the past 20 plus years, while performing regularly in Los Angeles – including an ongoing residency and an annual all-star memorial birthday concert for the late drummer Carlos Vega – he has enjoyed has enjoyed ongoing popularity and success throughout Europe and Asia.

Reflecting on his extraordinary, diverse career, the Los Angeles based Garfield says, “It’s creatively invigorating to have the opportunity to do so many interesting musical projects, to see so many amazing places throughout the world, and to work with some of the greatest musicians both in L.A. and overseas – including my current band, which features Alex Ligertwood of Santana, Steve Ferrone (of Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers) and James Harrah (Huey Lewis). I feel as though I am always learning from the artists and musicians I work with, not simply on a musical level, but also benefiting from their wealth of stories and life and career experiences. There are always unexpected thrills along the way, from playing onstage at Carnegie Hall and the  Hollywood Bowl to recording in a studio next to Paul and Ringo and having the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with them. I love being involved in so many different aspects of music and the feeling that I truly never know what’s coming up next.”

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