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David Torkanowsky

Born in the fertile cauldron of New Orleans, this dynamic pianist was nurtured by such legends as Danny Barker, Ellis Marsalis, “Snookums” Russell, James Black, The Lastie Family, the French Family, James Booker, Dr. John, June Gardner and Earl Palmer.

His father, Werner Torkanowsky, conducted the New Orleans Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra for two decades, and his Mother, Teresa Torkanowsky, was a world renowned Flamenco Artist. David grew up up listening to the world’s most passionate musicians, which is reflected in his emotional approach to the piano.
David has been pianist and/or musical director for The Al Hirt Big Band, Boz Scaggs, Gladys Knight, Zoot Sims, Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis, Joe Henderson, Randy Brecker, Chuck Berry, Linda Hopkins, Slide Hampton, James Moody, The Meters, Sonny Fortune, Evan Chrisopher, Dr. John, Lionel Hampton, Zachary Richard, Jon Cleary, John Boutte, Nicholas Payton, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, The Olympia Brass Band, Boz Scaggs, Ricky Lee Jones, Dave Leibman, Regina Belle, Kirk Whalum, Dianne Reeves, Teri Lyne Carrington, Boney James, Nat Adderley, Christian McBride, Eddie Harris, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Woody Shaw, and Jennifer Holliday. He has won Grammy Awards for his work on the Irma Thomas’ “After The Rain”, and Bobby Rush’s 2016 release, “Porcupine Meat”.

He has been the composer and/or contributed music for “The Big Easy” (USA Network), “Crime Story” (NBC), “Tremé” (HBO), “Bosch” (HBO) “Sons of Guns” (Discovery), and award winning documentaries “The Big Uneasy”, directed by Harry Shearer, and “The Experiment”, a comprehensive documentary that explores the proliferation of Charter Schools in Post-Katrina New Orleans.

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