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DAVID VINCENT MILLS is a composer, improviser, and performer whose roots are in jazz and classical music as he studied both piano and trumpet from a young age. In his early teens, David began studying with renowned pianist and composer Clare Fischer. Later in life he has broadened his palette to include all Western musical styles and various musical genres of the world. Today he is interested in free-form improvising as well as using original compositions as a launching pad for improvisation, tapping into an assortment of musical genres and discovering the common ground within the juxtaposition of those genres.Mills has performed throughout the world, including the Montreux Jazz Festival and the Playboy Jazz Festival and has opened up for Chick Corea and Lionel Hampton. He has also toured with American Idol’s Kimberley Locke and has shared the stage with Eric Marienthal and Bobby Shew. In a review of his CD “Have We Met?” with Daren Burn’s and his band 3 Squares, Jerome Wilson of Cadence magazine wrote, “David Vincent Mills’ piano has some of Carla Bley’s simple and elemental style.”
David also works as a composer creating jingles for radio, soundtracks for videos, audio books, television and original songs for his independently released CDs. In addition, Mills has been a studio musician as well as a producer for numerous recording artists in the genres of jazz, rock, and folk. His most current project, the band DiVoM features his compositions in the style of what Mills’ coins as ‘junk’ i.e jazzy funk. A debut CD of this band was released in 2013.