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Saxophonist and vocalist David Caceres is arguably the most sought-after jazz musician in Houston, Texas, which is not at all surprising considering his accomplishments and musical heritage. David's grandfather, jazz violinist Emilio Caceres, led a popular swing orchestra in San Antonio, Texas in the 1930's & 40's. His great uncle Ernie Caceres played saxophone and clarinet with the Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Woody Herman big bands; David himself cultivated his own talents at Boston's prestigious Berklee School of Music. After his consummate schooling David headed to the Big Apple to cut his musical teeth. Yet, with his genetics, it is no wonder he returned to his roots to stake his musical claim. Now he has become a veritable Texas Tradition juggling an incredible performance, recording, and teaching career.

With his rich musical heritage, it is no surprise David was attracted to music at an early age. After studying piano for 4 years he switched to the alto saxophone at age 11; he was attracted to the saxophone's power in mirroring the human voice, and later added the soprano, tenor sax, clarinet, and flute to his repertoire of instruments. As a youth, he gigged with a variety of musical groups in his native San Antonio, until he received a coveted scholarship to Boston's Berklee School of Music. At Berklee, David discovered the masters of jazz: John Coltrane, Charlie Parker, Dexter Gordon, Miles Davis, and Sonny Rollins. He also began to develop his sultry, yet powerful voice by listening to such early inspirations such as Chet Baker, Sarah Vaughan, Frank Sinatra, Donny Hathaway, and Stevie Wonder. Possessing a passion for all genres of music, David uniquely blended his jazz chops with an intriguing mixture of pop, R&B, and Latin music to produce his own instantly recognizable sound. After Berklee, David worked as a session musician in New York but found that something was missing: he longed for a sense of community and musical fellowship, so he returned to his roots in San Antonio. His reputation soon spread and he was invited to join the illustrious quartet of jazz pianist Paul English in Houston. Seven years later, David has been heralded as "the reedplayer/entertainer in Houston". He performs regularly with such diverse groups as his own straight-ahead band, the David Caceres Quintet, and fusion powerhouse, Stratus, the 10-piece funk group TKOh!, as well as a host of big bands. He has shared the stage with a varied and prestigious list of musicians, including Wynton Marsalis, Milt Hinton, James Williams, Kirk Whalum, John Pattitucci, Will Kennedy, the Drifters, Scott Gertner, and Tejano star Little Joe, just to name a few. David has also toured extensively, appearing at the famed Montreux, North Sea, and Cyprus Jazz Festivals. In 1992, David was the proud and featured artist on Texas Public Radio's: Live at the Landing, Tribute to the Jazz Legacy of Ernie and Emilio Caceres.

Perpetuating the legacy of the music is critical to David, and he continues to give back to the community as an active jazz educator. He has been a faculty member of HSPVA (High School for the Performing and Visual Arts), and has been a member of the IAJE (International Association of Jazz Educators). He currently teaches at the University of Houston, and his noteworthy career in education has earned him recognition from the National Foundation for Advancement In the Arts.

David's recording career is as varied and impressive as his work on stage. His debut recording "Innermost" was released in 1995 to critical acclaim. The CD, which features a delightful mix of original compositions and jazz classics, showcases David's soulful yet modern style. David's highly anticipated second recording, "Trio", was released in 1999. Sidewalk.com compared the intimacy and virtuosity on "Trio" to the legendary small-group performances of Sonny Rollins and Branford Marsalis. The captivating yet powerful disk features drummer Sebastian Whitaker and bassist Cliff Schmitt who clearly have entered into an inspired realm with David as they explore inventive originals and classics. Given his mastery and diversity it is no wonder David has been invited to add his musical stamp to the recordings of a host of other groups. He has appeared on jazz recordings by Houston favorites Stratus, Todd Vullo, and Paul English. He also performed on Latin sensation La Mafia's Grammy award winning "Un Million De Rosas." Touchingly, he produced and performed on '"Waltz of Hope", a joint project by Houston musicians to celebrate the life of bassist Dave Nichols.

Be it traditional jazz or contemporary explorations, David Caceres continues the tradition of musical innovation.

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