David Anthony Zee's affinity for jazzy pop tunes, New Orleans boogie, funky swing blues, densely-chorded ballads, and all his other influences come together on "AfterTIME," a collection produced by Noel Paul Stookey of Peter, Paul & Mary. In 2001, David won first place in the Music2Life competition for his song "Children of Conflict." Noel's contest awards artists for their work in songwriting that emphasizes social change. The legendary folk artist later approached David to put together recordings of "overlooked pop hits" dating back as far as the 1920s golden era of Tin Pan Alley. The resulting collaboration produced a genre-defying "retro-pop-jazz" collection in a classic piano trio setting.

David was "discovered" at age 12 by his church choir director, Virginia Reinecke - a Peabody-based international concert artist, who overheard him playing and approached him to sign on as her student. But the classical music career Virginia envisioned for David was not to be. He recalls, "I love Bach, Debussy, and Stravinsky, and studied traditional four-part harmonization in college, but preferred to sing and play songs my friends loved on the piano."

David's ability for quick study on pop keyboard and his natural ear for vocals put him in high demand among local bands. In the 1980s, David led a Chicago-style blues band, was a sideman in a Motown-style revue called the Rhythm Express, and began a 15-year solo engagement at Baltimore's Waterfront Hotel. His mix of quirky jokes, musical impressions, rowdy sing-alongs, and audience-tweaking keyboard tricks made him a local legend. By the 1990s, David had an active career composing music for television, film, and theater where he created scores and songs for major networks such as the Discovery Channel, HGTV, PBS, Arena Stage, and countless educational and industrial programs.

Later on, David was a music director for two political comedy theater troupes: DC-based "Gross National Product" that featured actors and writers from the legendary L.A. improv incubator "Groundlings," and Baltimore's "Loyal Opposition," featuring Maryland Public TV kid show star Bob Heck. Coast-to-coast live comedy show bookings, as well as weekly performances at DC's Bayou and Arena Stage and the Baltimore Creative Alliance, introduced David to a national circuit with a very diverse audience.

David lived in Manhattan from 1997 to 2003, where he concentrated on the great American songbook in New York and on the road. But nowadays David is back in Baltimore, and was maintaining a part-time gig schedule until Covid changed everyone's plans. He stands ready to play live again as soon as the pandemic permits.


Mike Burd, bass

Mike is a long-time resident of the Western Mountains area of Maine. He has appeared regularly with folk icon David Mallett since 1981. He also enjoys performing with numerous area bands covering virtually all styles of music from blues and R&B to jazz.

Josh Fournier, drums

Josh grew up in Westbrook, ME, playing everything from Jazz to Steel drums. He plays regularly with a funk-rock-gospel group called BeyondBlue. He works and teaches for the Westbrook marching band.


Charles Steinhauser, bass

Charles passed on December 3, 2013. Remembrance

(PREVIOUS BIO: Charles has been playing bass for over 40 years, at first on electric in a variety of old school R&B and classic rock bands. Later Charles expanded to upright bass; he currently plays with small jazz ensembles and a 17 piece big band in hometown Baltimore.)

John Kessell, drums

John's early career was spent in home state Iowa playing with regional fusion jazz heroes This Side Up. After moving to Baltimore, he began playing with various R&B, rock, and jazz ensembles. During his long stay in Charm City, John served on the Faculty of the Fletcher Music School and as Assistant Conductor of the Powerhouse Big Band. In 2020, he moved back to Iowa for the next chapter...










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