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 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.
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).
My wife Jazz violinist Arlene J. Schar and I have a jazz duo we call My Romance. On 2 April 2019 we were interviewed on a local radio station here in Fairfield, Iowa where we live. After our interview they played a cut from our My Romance promo CD.
Please listen to our radio interview and hear us play “Summertime.” This song is available by clicking on this YouTube link:
Our radio interview starts at 01:30.
I earned a Master of Music and I 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 Fairfield, Iowa area. If interested, please email me at: drleffler [at] hotmail [.] com