As a freelance artist Dave was a touring member of the T.S. Monk On Monk Ensemble from 1999 to 2000 touring the U.S. and Europe, as well as touring Europe with the Tom Harrell Octet in 2000. Dave has also done freelance work with Nicholas Payton’s Louis Armstrong Tribute Big Band, Joe Lovano’s 52nd Street Themes Nonet. the groups of Jack McDuff, Eddie Gladden, Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra, Chico O’Farrill’s Afro-Cuban Big Band, Lin Halliday and many others.

Dave has recorded as a sideman with Lionel Hampton, Harry Connick, Jr., Tom Harrell, Scott Whitfield, Jason Lindner, Mel Torme, Ben Wolfe and salsero Billy Carrion among others.

Dave is currently the Director of Jazz Workshops at the Wharton institute for the Performing arts .

Dave founded Cubeyé  a new collective ensemble which he leads fusing Jazz, Afro-Cuban and Afro-Boricuan elements (influenced by the Fort Apache Band, Batacumbele, Cachao, Ray Baretto and too many others to mention…) playing new original compositions written by band members as well as new treatments of classic standards and Jazz compositions.

Cubeyé has two upcoming performances in the New York Area

A Special Announcement:  Two New York Area Appearances by New Trier West Jazz Ensemble Alum Dave Schumacher and his ‘Cubeye’ Afro-Cuban Jazz Septet in July 2022

Some Background:  Dave Schumacher was a member of the 1977 and 1978 NTW Recording Jazz Ensembles.  Like many of his fellow alumni Dave followed his high school days and delivered on a successful career in music.  As a budding high school student he can be heard on NTW Jazz Albums  and  In addition he is featured in a NTW Jazz TV Special, Made in Chicago:  In addition, you might want to visit Our Pros at:

As a freelance musician, Dave has been active on the New York scene for more than the 30 years. As member of Lionel Hampton’s Orchestra from 1983 to 1987 he toured the Americas and Europe.  He again toured with Hamp in 1988 and 1989. A highlight in Dave’s career was traveling with the Art Blakey Big Band to Japan in 1987 to perform at the Mt.  Fuji Jazz Festival.

Dave was an original member of Harry Connick, Jr.’s Orchestra from its beginnings in 1990 until 2009. He has thrilled audiences touring with Harry in North America, Europe, Asia (Japan, China, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines, South Korea) and Australia. His baritone sax can be heard on each of these Harry Connick, Jr., Columbia recordings: Oh My NOLA, Chanson du Vieux Carre, Only You, When My Heart Finds Christmas, Come By Me, Blue Light Red Light, Songs I Heard, Thou Shalt Not, What A Night and others.

The First, AJazz Sunset Performance, will be on Thursday, July 21st 6:30-8:00 p.m.

The second, Django Performance, will be on Friday, July 22nd 10:30 p.m.-1:00 a.m

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