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Dave Tull
Drummer/Vocalist/Songwriter
www.davidtull.com email: dave@davidtull.com

For twenty-five years Dave Tull has been known in the Los Angeles area as a world-class jazz drummer. In recent years, however, Dave has been making a name for himself as one of the country’s finest jazz vocalists. With his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, Dave cements that reputation, and adds songwriting to his list of talents.
Dave has toured the world since 2000 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” has been featured at hundreds of concerts including The Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City.
Singer Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer) had Dave sing on two tracks of her CD “Moonlight Serenade” (King Records, 2003) including the song “Tull Tales”, so-named because Cheryl was so knocked out by Dave’s scat soloing! Three times Dave has performed with Bentyne for a week at Tokyo’s Cotton Club where he has sung a nightly duet with Cheryl on “Blue Moon”. Dave wrote the vocalese lyric for Bentyne on “All of You” for her 2009 Cole Porter Songbook CD.
Dave’s many original songs are available on his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/davetull The songs range from humorous to heartfelt. Put simply, they are future standards that are just being discovered! Many of Dave’s songs are tongue in cheek snap shots of moments familiar to the working musician. Dave wrote and arranged the hilarious “I Just Want To Get Paid” which he has performed with The Clare Fischer Big Band, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9a47qzLB_7w , Buddy Childers Big Band, The Steve Huffsteter Big Band and the Ron Jones Influence Big Band. He also composed the wry “The Airplane Song” which he has performed live with the Les Brown Band.
Chuck Mangione is only one of many bands Dave plays drums with. Dave plays on four of singer Michael Buble’s CD’s including Buble’s notable version of “Moondance”. Dave has played drums for several recent episodes of the FOX TV show “Family Guy”. He has been working this year with Richie Cole’s Alto Madness Orchestra, and Cole has arranged two of Dave’s original songs for the band! He is the drummer on six of Cheryl Bentyne’s CD’s including her 2005 release “Let Me Off Uptown” and the brand new “Gershwin Songbook” which came out in September 2010 on Artishare Records. Dave has played with Jack Sheldon’s Quartet and Big Band since 1991. Dave is on Jack’s 2007 CD, “Listen Up” on Butterfly Records. Dave has played with the Steve Huffsteter Big Band since 1998 and is on Steve’s CD “Live at Café 322”. He has been a member of The Les Brown Band of Renown since 1999, playing on that band’s CD, “Session 55”. Dave was the drummer for The Steve Allen Big Band and Trio for 5 years and performs regularly with The Paul Smith Trio. Dave sang and played drums for several years with The Page Cavanaugh Trio.

Dave is on faculty at Pasadena City College in Pasadena, CA, teaching individual drum set lessons there. Dave has also been brought in by the jazz band director and even the jazz vocal professor at PCC to work with students on various aspects of playing and singing in the jazz style.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Dave plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Heads and Vic Firth Sticks exclusively.