Dave Posmontier and his son, Alex

Dave Posmontier has been playing keyboard since the age of seven and has played professionally for the past 40 years. He majored in mathematics at Temple University in the late 60's but played with the Temple Jazz Band and knew he would be a full-time musician after graduation.

In the 70's, Dave formed an organ trio with Micky Roker and Bootsie Barnes and played extensively in the Philly area. He also joined a trio with Tony Williams and Al Jackson, also notable Philly musicians. Later, Dave worked with guitarist, Steve Giordano, playing contemporary, original music using piano, organ, synthesizers and voices.

In 1980, Dave, his brother Rich, and drummer, Tom Cohen, formed the Posmontier Brothers Quintet and performed extensively at concerts and clubs and made radio and television appearances in the Philadelphia area. The group produced an album, "PBQ'" of Dave's original music in 1985. It was very well received by the jazz community and received airtime on local jazz radio stations.

In 1994, Dave teamed up with trumpeter, John Swana to perform at the South Street Arts Festival in Philadelphia and the Chadds Ford Jazz Festival. They can be heard on John's CD, "The Feeling's Mutual," on CrissCross Records. In the spring of 1995, Dave appeared at the Villanova Jazz Festival backing up featured artists, Mike Pedicin, Jr., Anne Sciolla and John Swana. As part of the Tony Williams Jazz Festival, Dave performed with noted saxophonists David “Fathead” Newman and Grover Washington, Jr. in 1999 and again with Newman and the legendary James Moody in 2000.

Dave has also been playing traditional and innovative klezmer music with a band called, “Klingon Klez.” The group has performed in a wide range of venues in North America and Europe and has released two CD’s.

In celebration of its 100th birthday in 2007, the renowned Settlement Music School honored 100 alumni who have made a difference in the world of music. Dave and his brother Rich have been chosen to receive this honor.

Currently, Dave is playing, composing, arranging, teaching, and participating in educational jazz concerts and clinics with noted jazz violinist, John Blake, in schools throughout the area. Dave can be heard on several CD’s of Philadelphia area jazz artists and is currently working on a CD of his original compositions.
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