David Bixler Quintet
Director of Jazz Studies
Bowling Green State University
Artist's Biography\"David Bixler is an artist who manages to take much of the best of the jazz tradition and push it in new directionsâ€”push, but never shove. He is original, but his originality is not what I would call radical. He works within the tradition. He is not looking to destroy it. The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head is an album filled with inventive ideas and exciting artistry. Most importantly, it is filled with music you\'ll want to hear and hear again.\" Jack Goodstein
Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist. David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O\'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, Toshiko Akiyoshi, and Duke Ellington, among others. His collaboration with pianist Arturo Oâ€™Farrill has resulted in many performances and tours, in addition to several recordings, including the GRAMMY nominated 40 Acres and a Mule.
The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head is Bixler\'s fifth recording as a leader. In reviewing the recording for All About Jazz, Dan Bilawasky writes,\" Bixler has garnered plenty of attention for his contributions to O\'Farrill\'s music over the years, but this album makes it clear that it\'s time to give him his due for his own winning work.\"
Also active as a composer, David gave the premier of his Concerto for Alto Saxophone and Orchestra, with the South Dakota Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Delta David Gier in March of 2010. He has also received numerous commissions one of which, Heptagon for saxophone quartet, is included on a Naxos release of American composers by the Ancia Quartet.
David is the Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As both a Selmer and Vandoren Artist he is active as a clinician throughout the world.