David was born in Windsor, Nova Scotia in 1961. He studied music at both Acadia and St. Francis Xavier Universities where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Music as well as a Diploma in Jazz Studies. In 1983, he moved to Toronto and was a co-founder of the Shuffle Demons with whom he recorded five discs, several videos and toured throughout Europe and North America from 1985 to 1995.  He also composed or was the principal composer of many of the Shuffle Demon hit songs including the classics: “Spadina Bus” and “Out of my House Roach”. He has one gold record, (Contact! The All-Star Collection…a collection of hockey themes that includes The Shuffle Demon version of       “The Hockey Night in Canada Theme”) He has one Juno nomination for Best Jazz Album “Streetniks” by the Shuffle Demons.

Since leaving the Shuffle Demons in 1995, he has been playing and recording in the Quebec City area both with his jazz trio, The Trio David Parker, (two discs), Jig’s Up! (one disc) the electrifying sax quartet Sax-O-Matic (one disc), Saudade (three discs), The Dudes of Swing (one EP) and The Groove Music Project among others. In 2005, David completed his Masters in Jazz Performance at Laval University. 

  

 

 

MUSICAL EXPERIENCE 

            1982 - present:  Professional Saxophonist, singer and songwriter 

            1995 - present:  Band Leader (Trio David Parker, The Dudes of Swing, Jig’s Up)  

            1984 - present:  Co-founder (Sax-O-Matic, The Shuffle Demons) 

            1982 - present:  Sideman (Saudade, The Groove Music Project)

1982 - present:  Special guest (Blue Rodeo, Doctor John) 

2001 - present:  Performing member in the "League d'impro musicale de Québec"

 

MAIN RECORDINGS  

The Shuffle Demons (5 discs), Saudade (3 discs), The Trio David  Parker (2 discs), Jig's Up! (1 disc),
The Dudes of Swing (1 EP),  Hockey Project (1 EP)

 

TELEVISION

  Much Music, Musique plus, The Ralph Benmergui Show (CBC), The Lonesome Pine Special (PBS),

The Elephant Show (Sharron, Lois & Bram), Canada AM and others. 

 

MUSIC VIDEOS   

Spadina Bus, Out of My House Roach (both original compositions were in regular rotation on Much Music and Musique plus) 

  

TOURING

Most major jazz and folk festivals in Canada and Western Europe as well as tours of the USA and Cuba. 

 

AWARDS 

Jazz Juno nomination for "Streetniks" (Shuffle Demons) 1986;  Gold record for "Contact!" The All-Star Collection CD

"Theme from Hockey Night in Canada" 

 

SONGWRITING

Over 40 original compositions on Itunes, Spotify etc. 

 

JINGLES 

Co-songwriter & saxophonist on "Ninja's Unboxing" 2012, (4.2 million views on Youtube); 

Singer for "1-800 Got Junk" radio commercial. 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE: 

In the process of writing "Skates Randolf Gets the Blues" - a jazz-flavoured twist on hockey and its' origins. 

 Band leader for QAC production of "Jesus Christ Superstar" (2018) and "Hair"(2022) 

 

NARRATION

 Promo for Fraser Recovery Program (substance abuse help). 

English overdubs for various businesses in the Quebec City area.  

 

ADJUDICATION 

Université de Laval saxophone juries;  Rhythms International Music Festivals 

 

ACTING 

            2022:  Silent actor for commercials (Métro de Montréal, Casino de Charlevoix)

2022:  Background actor:  Désobéir (serie à venir sur CRAVE)

2010:  Conseil supérieur de la lanque française - web capsules  

            1986 -1995: Music videos with Shuffle Demons for Much Music etc. 

             1999 - 2022:  Humerous musical clips with Sax-o-matic for Youtube (500,000+ views) and Tiktok (150,000+ views)

 

 

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