Pianist, composer, and educator Dave Meder is one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a broad musical palette recognized in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He offers a variety of flexible ensemble configurations to suit presenter needs: solo piano, duo with Texas-based French-American violinist Scott Tixier, trio with bass and drum kit, or his full working quartet featuring Texas-based trumpeter and one of DownBeat Magazine’s ‘Top 25 Young Trumpet Artists’ Philip Dizack. All groups feature Dave’s music, known for a strikingly postmodern sense of stylistic adventure, challenging audience preconceptions of ‘jazz.’ He has been described as ‘inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll—- in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum—- to bear’ (All About Jazz, 2019), balancing ‘post-bop jazz harmonies with soulful gospel warmth and contemporary classical sophistication’ (All Music Guide, 2021). Dave has released three albums to international critical acclaim and headlined stages or conducted educational residencies at Jazz at Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, and internationally in Beijing, Tokyo, and most recently Egypt as a US Fulbright Scholar. Dave is a Yamaha Artist and a professor at the University of North Texas. Photo by Anna Yatskevitch.

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Contact name

Dave Meder

Contact address

415 Avenue C, #272 Denton TX 76201

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Public Performance

$500 – $4, 000

School performance

$500 – $4, 000

Workshop fees

$500 – $10, 000

Travel per diem lodging

$0 – $1, 000




Special audiences

Festivals, Hands-on activities, Libraries, People with disabilities, Schools, Seniors

School audiences

Elementary, High, Middle

Venue size

Larger, Medium, Smaller, Unplugged, Very Large

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