David Garfield

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 David Garfield's Biography

David Garfield has had the same mission statement since moving from his hometown of St. Louis to Los Angeles as a teenager in the early 70s: “I make music.” During his career—and often at the same time—he has been a songwriter, producer, bandleader (of Los Angeles based contemporary world jazz collective Karizma), arranger, recording artist, record label owner (Creatchy Records), session and touring musician, musical director and composer of various commissioned themes for global organizations.

In addition to composing and performing music forPerfect Harmony,the latest 3-CD project for Karizma, he has written several songs with Motown legend Smokey Robinson , including “One Like You,” which George Benson recorded on his 2009 album Songs & Stories. Garfield, who has been from time to time Benson’s musical director since 1986 (including his current run which began in 2006), also arranged and produced and performed on Benson’s most recent releaseGuitar Man. Garfield produced “I Play The Piano,” a Blue Ray DVD of Terry Trotter playing solo piano for AIX Media.

Garfield has been commissioned to write and produce theme songs and musical projects for several international organizations, including the composition and CD “Pool of Friendship” for the European Aquatics Federation LEN (League of European Nations); the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC); and “Deep Within Each Man” (co-written with Phil Perry) for the Shorinji Kempo World Karate Foundation.

As the owner of the independent label Creatchy Records, Garfield has produced numerous solo recordings and projects for many other artists. His first international release on Creatchy, 1997’sTribute To Jeff, was dedicated to the late drummer Jeff Porcaro (a longtime friend) and featured contributions by Don Henley , Eddie Van Halen , Michael McDonald , Richard Marx and many others. Garfield followed its Top Ten chart success with his subsequent releasesI Am the Cat….Man, andGiving Back, the latter of which enjoyed regular airplay throughout the U.S., Europe , Japan and Australia . He also re-released on Creatchy several collections from earlier in his career, includingL.A. Keyboard Project, RecollectionsandSeasons of Change.

Featuring many of Los Angeles’ top session and touring musicians, Karizma’s discography on Creatchy includesDream Come True, Cuba, All The Way Live, Forever in the Arms of Love, DocumentandLost and Found. The other projects he has helmed for Creatchy include albums by guitarists Michael Landau and Michael O’Neill, saxophonists Brandon Fields and Larry Klimas and, most recently, former Toto bassist Mike Porcaro. Another Creatchy release, Los Lobotomys, is a collaboration with prominent members of the pop band Toto, with whom Garfield has collaborated with many times throughout the years. Garfield also frequently does free-lance keyboard and production work for established and up and coming artists from across the U.S. and throughout the world.

In addition to his work with George Benson, Garfield continues ongoing musical relationships with numerous musicians, including Boz Scaggs and Natalie Cole. Over the years, he has recorded with Cher, Spinal Tap, The Rippingtons, Ratt, Larry Carlton, and Smokey Robinson; produced for Oleta Adams and Flora Purim; and has performed live with Michael Bolton, The Blue Brothers, Brenda Russell and Rick Braun, among others. Early in 2012, he was presented with the Hall of Fame Award from the Java Jazz Festival in Jakarta; Garfield has performed at the Indonesia event several times, most recently with saxophonist Gerald Albright and vocalist Alex Ligertwood. The same trio of musicians later performed at the Blue Note in Tokyo .

At the same time as he was performing his first gigs with Karizma in the mid- 70s, Garfield began working with jazz talents such as Willie Bobo , Freddie Hubbard and Tom Scott . After establishing himself on the L.A. jazz scene, the keyboardist became a key part of the city’s vast studio world during its heyday. These experiences ultimately led to composing opportunities for TV, film and commercials for such companies as NBC , Disney , Nippon Television and RTL Germany. During the 80’s, Garfield arranged and produced many Japanese artists and went on to produce his own projects for release in Japan.

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 David Garfield's Discography

David Garfield

  • 2004:Giving Back(David Garfield)
  • 1997:I Am The Cat...Man(David Garfield and the Cats)

David Garfield and Friends

  • 2004:Music from Riding Bean
  • 1997:Tribute To Jeff
  • 2004:Recollections
  • 2004:Seasons of Change (David Garfield and Friends)
  • 2004:LA Keyboard Project


  • 1987:All The Way Live(Revisited)
  • 1983:Dream Come True(Karizma)
  • 1986:Cuba (Karizma)
  • 1989:Forever In The Arms of Love
  • 2000:Document(Karizma)
  • 2001:Lost and Found
  • 2012:Perfect Harmony

Los Lobotomys

  • 1989:Los Lobotomys
  • 1994:Candyman

Potato Salad

  • 2004:Potato Salad

Mike Porcaro

  • 2011:Brotherly Love

Pauline Wilson

  • 2001:Tribute

Michael O'Neil

  • 1996:True Love

Larry Klimas

  • 2004:Retro-Spec(t)

Michael Landau

  • 1996:Tales from The Bulge

David Garfield and Alex Ligertwood

  • 1995:Metro(Alex Ligertwood EP)
  • 1997:Tribute to Jeff Revisited
  • 2004:Giving Back

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 David Garfield's DVDs

  • 1994:In Concert(Steve Lukather u Los Lobotomys, DVD.) Inak records
  • 2003:The Retro Jazz Quintet(DVD) AIX Records
  • 2005:The Latin Jazz Trio(DVD) AIX Records
  • 2006:George Benson Live in Montreux 86(DVD) Eagle Eye Records

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 David Garfield's References

  1. "Official website". Creatchy.com. 

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