David Budway is one of the most versatile pianists on the New York music scene today. Deeply rooted in many styles, his masterful command for Modern Jazz vocabulary has propelled him into the midst of present day jazz pioneers. He has recorded and performed with Branford Marsalis, Michael Brecker, Stanley Turrentine, Hubert Laws and Jeff”Tain”Watts. Performing and Recording credits include Jimmy Heath, Jon Faddis, Louie Belson, Mark Murphy, Marlena Shaw, Ravi Coltrane, Joe Pass, Randy Brecker, Wynton Marsalis and George Benson. Performances at Carnegie Hall, Town Hall, Merkin Hall, The Village Vanguard, Blue Note, Cotton Club, The Jazz Standard, Zinc Bar and Smalls. David's Forthcoming release on Max Jazz, "A New Kiss" features Branford Marsalis, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Eric Revis, Ron Affif, Marcus Strickland and Joe Barbato.
Deeply rooted in Rock and Roll , David released a cd that showcases these strengths " Bud Way", where he sings and plays piano, drums, guitar and bass on nearly every track. He entertains in New York's most revered Piano Bar "Brandy's" located in Manhattan's Upper East Side. It is there that David caught the attention of Liza Minnelli, and was asked to accompany her and sing in her tribute to godmother Kay Thompson.
As a classical piano artist, David has given countless recitals including guest appearances with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra ( with Hubert Laws ), the Steinway Society, and the Pittsburgh Concert Society. David studied with Ruth Slenczynska, Dr. Carole Riley, CDP, and performed Masterclasses with Artur Balsam and Eugene List. Competitions have included the Van Cliburn Competition, The Young Keyboard Artist Association, the Carnegie Awards, the Pittsburgh Concert Society and the Music Teachers National Association. David was a Professor at Duquesne University and Carnegie Mellon University from 1983- 1995, and presently gives Masterclasses at William Patterson University. Recently his essay was published in Downbeat Magazine : "Contemporary French Music's Influence in Jazz Harmonies".
David also is an accomplished composer. He has collaborated with Kathy Budway (sister), Lou Tracey, Deb Silver and Bobby Belfry. Artists that have recorded and performed his songs include Christiane Noll, Marvin Hamlisch, Hubert Laws, and Jeff "Tain" Watts. David scored original music to "Lift", a short film that features Dominic Pinon. David also performs the piano solos in the movie "Giant Steps" which stars Billy Dee Williams.