Dave Roitstein – piano
Trevor Anderies – drum set, tablas
Gonzalo Teppa – bass
Alex Heffron – guitar
Alina Roitstein – vocal
“Dear Dazzle supporters,
Of all the projects that I have put together over the past several years, this is one that I have been dying to bring to the forefront. Musically it represents some incredible cross currents and connections both harmonically and melodically. But more important, the personal family connections – both long time and more recent – will prove to be an incredible force and musical germination.
First of all, it is always a treat to have my son Trevor in town to perform together. His musical growth is huge and noticeable every time he comes back to perform here! And, of course, the personI am sharing the bill with is Trevor’s recent father in law and long time mentor Dave Roitstein. For 33 years Dave has been the head of the prestigious and innovative jazz department of the California institute of the Arts (CalArts). Dave has played, recorded and performed with some of the top musicians in the world including Carmen McRae, Frank Sinatra, Charlie Haden, Jaco Pastorious and countless others. Recently Dave released his five star recording called “Conversations” which was recorded with guitarist Larry Koonse.
We will be featuring several compositions from Dave’s recent CD, from my original collection and from Trevor’s incredible writing portfolio. Rounding off the band will be international bassist Gonzalo Teppa and the amazing young talent Alex Heffron on guitar. And as mentioned in the lineup, we will have a special guest vocal appearance by Alina Roitstein.
We hope you will join us for this magical and explosive musical collaboration. We look forward to it and especially welcome Dave Roitstein to his first appearance at Dazzle Jazz!”
Joe attended Mesa College (now Colorado Mesa University) and North Texas State University where he majored in jazz studies and flute performance later graduating from Metropolitan State University of Denver with degrees in Flute Performance and Music Education. Subsequently he obtained his masters degree at the University of Colorado in Music Education and Saxophone.
Concluding over 25 years of teaching in Douglas County and Denver Public Schools, Joe recently retired in order to concentrate on his performing, music publishing, and clinician initiatives, and working to create more opportunities for young people to have quality music education.
Joe’s past performance and recording experiences include his international group IMAGES as well as collaborations with Rob Mullins, Ron Miles, Chuck Lamb, Eric Gunnison, Hugh Ragin, Paul Romaine, Kenwood Dennard, Bennie Maupin, Larry Coryell and Nestor Torres. Joe continues to lead groups and produce jazz concerts in the Denver area primarily at the jazz venue Dazzle.
During his music education career these past 28 years Joe has worked with hundreds of elementary students developing the “Music Beyond Borders” curriculum that features an overlay of technology assisted jazz instruction, call and response improvisation work, and professional mentor integration. He has expanded these concepts in his years teaching middle school, with high school students in his jazz camp experience and his teaching in the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts. Joe has also worked as adjunct professor at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has led jazz clinics for both students and educators at numerous conventions and colleges.
Joe has served as Colorado president of several jazz and music education organizations and currently is devoting time to help young people entering the education field. He is also a current board member of El Sistema Colorado, an arm of the ground breaking music education initiative that put instruments and instruction in the hands of disadvantaged youth.
Pianist and composer David Roitstein is the Jazz Program Director at California Institute of the Arts. He received his degrees from the University of Miami. As a young musician in the culturally diverse Florida city, Roitstein performed and recorded with a wide variety of artists, from Cuban wedding bands to emerging jazz talents such as Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, and Carmen Lundy. He went on to work with many legendary singers including Mel Torme, Carmen McRae, and Frank Sinatra.
David moved to Los Angeles in 1981, and, together with the world-renowned bassist Charlie Haden, created the innovative and award-winning CalArts Jazz Program in 1983. In 1990, with the support of Capitol Records and EMI Music, he established the annual CalArts Jazz CD project. Since then, he has produced twenty-six CDs at Capitol Studios, documenting original compositions by CalArts students.
While teaching and building the program, Roitstein continued to perform in clubs, concerts and tours, and as a studio musician for film, television and records. A new recording is Conversations (Jazz Compass 1024), a duo CD with guitarist Larry Koonse (Best Albums of 2015 – Downbeat magazine), and a recent recording is Americana (Jazz Compass 1001) with Larry Koonse, Scott Colley, and Kendall Kay. As a composer, he has produced two recordings of new works, featuring chamber music and jazz compositions.
In October 2007, Roitstein was designated the Mel Powell Chair at CalArts, one of four honorary endowed faculty chairs in the School of Music.