Max Jazz Recording Artist David Budway is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York music scene today. While deeply rooted in many styles, his masterful command for Modern Jazz has propelled him into the midst of present day jazz pioneers.
As a Classical pianist David has performed countless recitals. He studied extensively with Ruth Slenczynska, Dr. Carole Riley, CDP, Gerald Jennings, and performed in Master Classes with Artur Balsam, Warren Jones, Eugene List and Sheila Paige. In Italy David studied at the prestigious Rome Festival where he performed Opera and Chamber Music under the baton of Maestro Fritz Maraffi. Born in Pittsburgh, PA , David grew up listening to the improvisations of his father Leo Budway, and became interested and well versed in the style of Arabic music. Later he earned his Masters Degree in Piano Performance and Percussion at Duquesne University where he also studied Jazz Composition and Arranging with Dr. John Wilson. David went on to be adjunct professor at Duquesne and Carnegie Mellon University for 15 years before moving to New York. In 1992, Mr. Budway made his solo debut with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with them on many occasions including special performances with the late Marvin Hamlisch.
Since moving to New York, David has performed at Carnegie Hall, Merkin Hall, The Kennedy Center, The Village Vanguard, Birdland, The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard and The Hollywood Bowl with both Liza Minnelli and Hubert Laws. David studied chamber music extensively with master musician Bernard Goldberg, and has continued his love for the flute repertoire throughout his 20 year tenure with Master Flutist Hubert Laws. Some of his recording credits include the entire Bach Sonatas for Flute and Piano. David’s Trio is currently in residence at the famed Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Mr. Budway’s recording credits as both a leader and a sideman include artists Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Hubert Laws, Stanley Turrentine, Jimmy Heath, Christiane Noll, Ravi Coltrane and Eric Leeds. David has toured worldwide with Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws, Jeff “Tain” Watts, Regina Carter and Liza Minnelli.
As a composer, David has several albums to his credit. His latest release “ A New Kiss” on the MaxJazz label was awarded 4 stars in Downbeat Magazine. His song “Love You Tonight” reached number one on WBGO’s playlist in 2012. Most recently the disc was charted at number four in Canada. Other releases include “Brief Encounter to Last a Lifetime”, “The Music I Hear”, “Bud Way”, and “Jazz… the Budway” with sister Maureen. David’s upcoming release is a collaboration with his sister Kathy containing original songs of an eclectic nature. The cd is tentatively titled “3 Budways” and is expected to be completed this year. Mr. Budway and fellow Pittsburgh native Lou Tracey have written many songs together that have been have recorded by internationally famous Jazz and Cabaret artists. In 2001 Mr. Budway was a proud recipient of two prizes in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition. He has scored the music to the motion pictures “Lift”, and “Giant Steps” starring Billy Dee Williams, and has been published in Downbeat Magazine’s Masterclass section : Contemporary French Music’s Influence in Jazz Harmonies.