From: CA, United States
Genre: Jazz, Gypsy Jazz, Swing
Harmonica soloist, David Naiditch, has been a notable presence on the Los Angeles music scene for many years. His improvisational performing style on the chromatic harmonica has a solid, confident resolve and uses a harmonically diverse choice of notes. A lover of many kinds of music, he absorbed and eventually expanded from blues into other genres: bluegrass, country swing, and Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy jazz.
David’s musical journey began in his junior high school years, when he was tutored on the diatonic harmonica by the legendary blues icon Sonny Terry. In the mid-1960s, he taught harmonica at the Ashgrove, a club that was the focal point of the Los Angeles folk music revival. Years later, he taught and performed at other venues in the Los Angeles area, such as McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Boulevard Music, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, and Viva Cantina.
In the mid-1990s, David started focusing on the chromatic harmonica. He honed his skills by attending numerous music jams and gigs, armed only with a chromatic in the key of C. By playing in all keys, David became comfortable playing by ear and improvising in many styles of music.
In 2005, David produced and played harmonica and guitar on his first CD, Harmonica and Guitar Duets, which included 36 tunes covering diverse types of music, including blues, swing, Klezmer, ragtime, and country. In 2008, he produced the CD, High Desert Bluegrass Sessions, with bluegrass greats, banjoist Pat Cloud, guitarist Eric Uglum, fiddler Christian Ward, and bassist Austin Ward. In 2010, David released Bluegrass Harmonica, that features the harmonica, but includes virtuoso breaks by Pat Cloud, Eric Uglum, and guitarist Steve Trovato. In 2012, David released, Douce Ambiance: Gypsy Jazz Classics, featuring his melodic jazz harmonica with the fiery guitar lines of Gonzalo Bergara, and the unmatched jazz 5-string banjo playing of Pat Cloud.