Personal Message for Musicians from Dr. Leffler
Featuring Links From His Musical Pursuits:
First, this special message is to all my military-related friends. I made many friends when I spent nine years as an instrumentalist traveling worldwide with US Air Force Bands. Years later, my musical talents still come in handy making new friends.
For example, in Seoul, Korea I presented my scientific paper about Invincible Defense Technology at the “International Sociological Association Research Committee 01 Seoul National University & Korea Military Academy International Conference on Armed Forces & Conflict Resolution in a Globalized World.”
While meeting with military leaders and scientists at the Officers Club in the DMZ, I sat in playing the bass guitar. Here is a YouTube video titled: Dr. David Leffler Jams with South Korean Army Divisional Band.
Last summer, my wife jazz violinist Arlene Schar Leffler and I attended the Jamey Aebersold’s® Summer Jazz Workshops. Afterwards we visited our friends in Fairfield, Iowa and put on reunion concerts of the Dave Leffler Quartet. Click here for an online video from one of our concerts.
I do not expect band leaders interested in hiring me as a sideman to listen to all content of this video as well as the others listed below. To save time, I am listing parts where I solo. My piano solo on “Autumn Leaves” starts at 2:29.
When I lived in Iowa my jazz band The Dave Leffler Quartet (DLQ) was an opening act at FAIRfest. Here is a fifteen second clip (our group appears at 1:55) of us playing the song “Wave” by the Brazilian composer Carlos Jobim.
I played mostly keyboards and sometimes guitar with the DLQ. Once when our bass player was out of town, I played bass guitar for a gig and brought in guest artists to fill in on keyboard as well as a new drummer/vocalist for the second set. Here are two songs selected from both sets:
Dave Leffler Quartet with Phil D’Agostino piano, Dave Leffler bass guitar, Steve Jeffries drums, Bill Vesely flute. Selection: “On A Clear Day.” I have a bass solo on this tune at 1:45 into the selection.
Combined Dave Leffler Quartet / Ron Dean Trio with Ron Dean piano, Dave Leffler bass guitar and vocal, Ira Goldberg drums, Steve Jeffries soprano sax, Bill Vesely flute. Selection: “Nature Boy/Girl.”
The Dave Leffler Quartet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tkSOa9T5LhM (guitar single line and chord solo at 3:15) played at the Sondheim Center for the Performing Arts after a David Lynch (the movie maker) Foundation Veterans seminar and also for a Veterans’ Benefit Concert https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NfU8kZ6d2U (my piano solo at 2:12).
I earned a Master of Music and am a multi-instrumentalist who plays keyboards, guitar, bass guitar, and percussion, When not lecturing or writing about Invincible Defense Technology, I may be able to sub for musicians in the Austin, Texas area. If interested, please email me at: drleffler [at] hotmail [.] com