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Music is my life...


All of my young life I heard music in my home. My parents sang. I remember how my siblings and me fell asleep while our father played guitar far into the night. My mother was a saloon singer and my father, a Mexican immigrant, was also a composer. My first language was Spanish. My mother taught me how to sing my first songs. The songs were the popular Mexican songs of the day I began singing the songs at wedding dances, my first gigs Read more...





 

About David


All of my young life I heard music in my home. My parents sang. I remember how my siblings and me fell asleep while our father played guitar far into the night. My mother was a saloon singer and my father, a Mexican immigrant, was also a composer. My first language was Spanish. My mother taught me how to sing my first songs. The songs were the popular Mexican songs of the day I began singing the songs at wedding dances, my first gigs. Rock and Roll grabbed my attention and for years I stopped learning songs in Spanish. Instead I began learning songs by Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Richie Valens, and the many doo-wap groups of the day. I joined a rock band and began singing at teen hops and high school dances. Eventually, I became the featured singer in local bands.

The blues, funk and soul music of the 60s and 70s were the next stylistic influences that caught my interest. James Brown, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, Otis Redding. B.B. King and the great Lou Rawls were some of the vocalists who influenced me. The Latin rock scene, which featured Carlos Santana, El Chicano and Tierra, was another of my many influences. I also loved to listen to Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme, Joe Williams, and Tony Bennett. I began learning many of the songs they’d recorded. Thus began my introduction to the Great American Song Book. In the 70s I met some local jazz musicians and began sitting in with them. I sang the old standards but sang them as written, no improvisation. I loved singing the tunes and I was asked to sing at the premier supper clubs in my hometown. I sang those songs for the next eight years and began listening to jazz versions of the same songs thanks to my Uncle Manuel, a big jazz fan. During that time I also listened to the great female jazz vocalists including Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn, Dina Washington, Nancy Wilson and many more too numerous to mention. This experience with the Great American Song Book and my introduction to jazz vocals set the stage for what has happened thirty years later.

My development as a jazz vocalist began in 2002. While browsing in a music store in 2002 I saw the Jamey Aebersold books that contained sheet music and a CD with a jazz trio playing only the accompanying tracks. I purchased four books and began singing. Scat singing always thrilled me when I heard the jazz greats do it. I decided to learn how to scat. The Aebersold CDs were a perfect way of cultivating my life long love of singing. The fire was rekindled. I’ve spent the last ten years in a studio singing and recording over the Aebersold CDs and listening to myself, a painful but necessary part of the process.

In 2004 while walking up 2nd Avenue I found Tula’s Jazz and Supper Club I saw a huge placard in the Tula’s storefront window. It was the month’s performance schedule. I saw that every Monday there was a vocal jam session. I decided to start going to the sessions. Between 2004 and 2008 I became a Monday night fixture at the Tula’s vocal jam sessions. In the first four years, I missed only a few of the jams. Tula’s has been the most significant influence in my development as a jazz vocalist. It has afforded me the opportunity to perform and learn from some of Seattle’s finest jazz musicians including pianists Darin Clendenin, Randy Halberstadt, Bill Anschell, John Hansen, Hans Brehmer, bassists Clipper Anderson and Jeff Johnson and drummers Mark Ivester, Steve Cook, Steve Yusen and Jose Martinez For the past seven years I have studied with the great vocalist and teacher Greta Matassa and participated in many workshops with the wonderful singer and storyteller Rebecca Paris and the talented jazz singer Madeline Eastman, Artistic Director of Jazz Camp West. I have presented vocal showcases at various jazz venues including Bake’s Place, Tula’s and Egan’s Ballard Jam House.

I knew that jazz was demanding and that becoming a jazz singer would be no easy undertaking. My continuing, ongoing journey has been arduous and replete with my payment of dues and now, I most cordially invite you to share the fruits of my labor

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“David’s vocals remind me of singers of the past, elegant and sophisticated but with modern flair.”Stephanie Porter
“I have seen David perform at Egan’s, Tula’s and other venues. He is a student of the Great American Song Book singing with such intensity and feeling and I don’t know anyone who can sing Latin like David.”Julianne Olsen, Jazzscapes
“David possesses an amazing instrument. His voice is strong, clean, and he’s got a beautiful tone. And he swings like mad. It’s always a pleasure working with him.”Hans Brehmer
“There are many talented jazz singers. Some just work harder at their craft than others. David Arteaga has kept his eye steadfastly on the prize for a decade now, and the results of his hard work and dedication are now in full evidence. He has become a jazz singer of substance and import. He lives the message of each song, he has a deep, rich tone and he swings his a** off!”Randy Halberstadt
“Singer David Arteaga is blessed with a warm rich singing voice. His style ranges from swinging classics to more esoteric jazz treatments. An engaging stage presence, that is not afraid to chat with his audience, is also one of his many gifts.”Greta Matassa


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Email: david@davidarteagajazz.com
 
 

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