Born in Hoboken and currently based in Brooklyn, jazz pianist David Zaks has performed with some of the world’s finest musicians domestically and internationally. His current trio, specializing in the Great American Songbook, regularly performs at Mezzrow, Ornithology, and throughout the tristate area.
After winning the Downbeat Magazine Student Arrangement Award for Chick Corea’s “Windows” at age 17 and meeting the master pianist himself, David went on to attend William Paterson University’s jazz program on a full scholarship. There he studied with piano legends Mulgrew Miller and Harold Mabern, and met many of his future collaborators.
In recent years, David has performed with luminaries such as Joe Farnsworth, JD Allen, Winard Harper, Tatiana Eva-Marie, Duane Eubanks, Don Hahn, Mark Gross, Kenyatta Beasley, and Gene Perla—among others—at Smoke Jazz Club, Mezzrow, Ornithology, Minton’s Playhouse, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Carnegie Hall, Shanghai Jazz, Fat Cat, JZ Jazz Club (Hangzhou, China), and the ITC Grand Chola (Chennai, India).