David Ashton

Multi-Woodwind Performer, Improviser, Composer

David Ashton is a New York based multi-woodwind performer, improviser, and composer.

At home in many genres from classical to jazz, and equally adept on saxophone, clarinet, flute, oboe, and English horn, David performs in a diverse range of musical situations from concert halls and orchestra pits to jazz clubs and rock venues. He is the lead tenor saxophonist and clarinet soloist in the Kevin Blancq big-band, and is a regular in broadway pit orchestras like Aladdin, Beetlejuice, Frozen, and formerly Spongebob the Musical. He also performs with the Radio City Orchestra, and in the past has performed at Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Birdland Jazz Club, Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, The Shrine, The Cell, Somethin' Jazz Club, the Actor's Temple, as well as internationally at the Copenhagen, Edinburgh, Kongsberg, and Villard De Lans Jazz festivals.

David is on faculty at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, where he is also a Doctoral student studying classical clarinet with Jessica Phillips and Maureen Hurd. David is a graduate of the Jazz Saxophone Master's Program at Manhattan School of Music where he studied with many jazz greats including Donny McCaslin, Rich Perry, Steve Wilson, Dave Liebman, Phil Markowitz, Garry Dial, John Riley and Peter Eldrige.