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.
Producer Credits include: Vesta (A&M) Receords, Chuck Cissel (Arista Records)& Woods Empire (CBS/Tabu Records
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DAVID CRAWFORD Shangri-La Jazzer Inc.
Welcome to Shangri-la& David Crawfordâ€™s musical, exotic utopia featuring sweet jazz flute, smooth grooves and tasty arrangements and production. I have always found that jazz flute adds an element of tranquility and depth to the music genre. David Crawford is no stranger to jazzing up the music scene. He has composed, arranged, produced and performed on a Whoâ€™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 â€œCaribbean Nights,â€ the evocative â€œBrazilian Sunrise,â€ and the chilled and loungey â€œ Caribbean Swing.â€ Plus thereâ€™s a lovely version of the J5 smash, â€œNever Can Say Goodbye.â€ We expect big things from this delightful summer release. Escape to David Crawfordâ€™s SHANGRI-LA and fall into a listening environment that takes you to a faraway haven of eternal groove.
An Easy Spoonful of Tasty Jazz
A Jazzy Fusion of Rhythmic Melody