For twenty-five years Dave Tull has been known in the Los Angeles area primarily as a drummer. In recent years, however, Dave has been making a name for himself as one of the southland’s finest jazz vocalists. With his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”, Dave cements that reputation, and adds songwriting to his list of talents.
Dave has toured the world since 2000 as drummer and lead vocalist for Chuck Mangione. Dave’s vocal on Mangione’s “The Children of Sanchez” and his bebop scat vocal on “Dizzymiles” has been featured at hundreds of concerts including The Playboy Jazz Festival at Hollywood Bowl and The Blue Note in New York City.
Singer Cheryl Bentyne (of the Manhattan Transfer) had Dave sing on two tracks of her CD “Moonlight Serenade” (King Records, 2003) including the song “Tull Tales”, so-named because Cheryl was so knocked out by Dave’s scat soloing! Twice Dave has performed with Bentyne for a week at Tokyo’s Cotton Club where he sang a nightly duet with Cheryl on “Blue Moon” as well as a scat solo on “How High the Moon”.
Dave’s many original songs are available on his new CD, “I Just Want To Get Paid”. The songs range from humorous to heartfelt. Put simply, they are standards that have yet to be discovered! Many of Dave’s original songs are tongue in cheek snap shots of moments familiar to the working musician. Dave wrote and arranged the hilarious “I Just Want To Get Paid” as well as the wry “The Airplane Song” which he has performed live with the Les Brown Band.
Dave sang and played drums for several years with The Page Cavanaugh Trio. With Page, Dave was featured singing numerous ballads and also sang on Page’s delightful three-part vocal arrangements.
Chuck Mangione is only one of many bands Dave plays drums for. Dave has played with Jack Sheldon’s Quartet and Big Band since 1991. Dave is on Jack’s 2007 CD, “Listen Up” on Butterfly Records. Dave has played with the Steve Huffsteter Big Band since 1998 and is on Steve’s live CD “Live at Café 322” and on Steve’s AIX Records DVD as well. Dave plays on four of singer Michael Buble’s CD’s including Buble’s notable version of “Moondance”. He is the drummer on five of Cheryl Bentyne’s CD’s including her 2005 release “Let Me Off Uptown” and the brand new “Songs of Our Time” coming out in June 2008 on King Records. Dave is the drummer for the newly formed “LA Jazz Trio” with bassist Kevin Axt and pianist Corey Allen with a CD due out this summer from King Records. He has been a member of The Les Brown Band of Renown since 1999, playing on that band’s CD, “Session 55”. Dave was the drummer for The Steve Allen Big Band and Trio for 5 years and performs regularly with The Paul Smith Trio.
A Yamaha Performing Artist, Dave plays Yamaha Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Heads and Vic Firth Sticks exclusively.