Posted on: February 29, 2008 Posted by: James McQuiston Comments: 0

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 Crawford’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 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
Reviewer: Alicia
Very Smooth..the music flows from one sound to the next…I’ll be sure to pick this one up soon!

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