Austin, Texas-based David Jellema plays trad & swing jazz on a rare combination of instruments—clarinet and cornet. Growing up in Washington, DC (and summers in Michigan) exposed David to a variety of jazz mentors who inspired Jellema’s leanings toward the lyrical cornet styles of Bix Beiderbecke and Bobby Hackett. Clarinet influences included Benny Goodman and Ron Hockett.
While working at the American History Museum’s Archive Center, processing Duke Ellington’s business records, he made national jazz festival appearances with the New Traditional Jazz Band. In 2007 he set out to play music full time, and moved to San Antonio, Texas, where he became a regular at Jim Cullum’s Landing Patio, subbed for Cullum in the house band, and formed his own band, the Mission City Hot Rhythm Cats. The swing dance, vibrant live music, and “retro” social scenes in Austin lured him to move there.
He has been performing, recording and touring, with the Thrift Set Orchestra, the Jonathan Doyle Swingtet, the Hollywood Revue, the East Side Dandies, and the Jazz Pharaohs. He has performed at the “Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Festival,” five years at the New Orleans annual “French Quarter Festival” with the Audacity Brass Band, Houston’s “Lindyfest,” Asheville NC’s “Lindy Focus,” Austin’s own “Lindy Exchange” and “Hot Rhythm Holiday,” “New Hampshire Swing Out,” and “Boston Dirty Water Lindy and Blues Exchange.”
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