Biography: DAVID CRAWFORD
(Flutist, Arranger,Producer & Composer)
David Crawford was born and raised in Los Angeles, California. After graduating from Centennial High School in Compton, California. David received a full scholarship to California Institute of the Arts and received a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Music, with a Flute Major.
He began his professional career as an orchestrator/Arranger for such artist as Friends of Distinction, Blue Magic, Sylvers, Patti LaBelle, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, Confunkshun, Gladys Knight, Mary J. Blige, The Whispers, Shalamar, Rene & Angela, Bobby Womack and many others just to name a few.
As a flutist his professional career includes commercial recordings (Ahmad Jamal, Temptations & Vesta), TV commercials and Live performances with Stevie Wonder and Isaac Hayes . He has performed with the Santa Monica & Burbank Symphony Orchestras as well.
David Crawford is no stranger to jazzing up the music scene. He has composed, arranged, produced and performed on a Who’s Who list of recording artists from Stevie Wonder, The Whispers and Isaac Hayes to Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle and Mary J. Blidge. This distinguished flutist mesmerizes and captivates on SHANGRI-LA, his second solo release for Jazzer Inc., with a consistent smooth jam that conjures up white linen, turquoise waters, bleached sandy beaches, bright sunbrellas, tropical drinks and swaying palm trees. This is a musical excursion to the tropics with songs like the sophisticated “Caribbean Nights,” the evocative “Brazilian Sunrise,” and the chilled and loungey “ Caribbean Swing.” Plus there’s a lovely version of the J5 smash, “Never Can Say Goodbye.” We expect big things from this delightful summer release. Escape to David Crawford’s SHANGRI-LA and fall into a listening environment that takes you to a faraway haven of eternal groove.
Reviewer: Jackie Anderson - WJAB
The title itself speaks for this one - "Shangri-La"! When you listen, expect a smooth, enjoyable experience! Don't miss it.
An Easy Spoonful of Tasty Jazz
Reviewer: Capt. Christopher
Pan started something...David Crawford carries on the tradition. You'll be transported to a magical forest or sunny beaches by the soft & jazzy lilt of this accomplished flautist & his cohorts. Give Shangri-La a listen. it's a welcome change from more aggressive beats on the pop charts.
A Jazzy Fusion of Rhythmic Melody
Very Smooth..the music flows from one sound to the next...I'll be sure to pick this one up soon!