David Luther is a saxophonist, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist originally from the northern Michigan town of Traverse City, and a current resident of New York City. At four years old, he found himself in piano lessons, the beginning of what would become a lifelong pursuit in music. After a brief affair with the violin, David picked up the saxophone at 11, which prevails today as his primary instrument. In addition to the saxophone, he sings, and plays keyboards, guitar, electric bass, flute and clarinet. He attended the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, from which he graduated in 2002 with a BFA in Jazz Studies; regretfully, he never ran the Naked Mile. The next excursion brought him to New York City, where the rent checks have disappeared for the last nine years.
Since 2006, David has been a member of Meat Loaf's band, playing saxophone, keyboards, and acoustic guitar, as well as singing background vocals. He has performed with Meat Loaf on a number of world and U.S. tours, and recently in Las Vegas as part of a residency at Planet Hollywood. He has appeared with the band on The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Lopez Tonight, Austin City Limits, and Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve. He is featured on Meat Loaf's latest record, Hell In A Handbasket (2012), as well as the 3 Bats Live (2007) and Guilty Pleasure Tour Live From Sydney (2012) DVDs.
Over the last several years, David has also toured occasionally with the Easy Star All-Stars, and appeared with Katy Perry on MTV Unplugged. Additionally, he has performed with such musicians as Bettye Lavette, Jimmy McGriff, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Reuben Wilson, Seleno Clarke, The Temptations, Dennis Edwards, Clarence Clemmons, Johnnie Bassett, Al Hill, Chris Bergson, and Kevin So. He has recorded recently for Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris, Kevin So, and Freddie Stevenson. When in New York, he appears regularly with the house band at Sleep No More.
A deep love for early rhythm n' blues, rock n' roll, and soul led David to put together The Stick-Ups in 2007, a repertory party band focusing on those aspects of said musics which terrified 50s housewives and led many a youngster to a discovery of their (and others') hips. Upon meeting singer/songwriter/guitarist Freddie Stevenson in the winter of 2009, he started writing songs and formed The Dirty Urchins, which band exists to this day despite David's waning involvement. These days, new sounds are simmering under such names as The Live Humans, Ivy Mike & The Half Lives, The Free Alternatives, and his own.
David's alter ego, Uncle Heavy, collects old 45 rpm records, DJs regularly around New York City at dingy bars and exclusive parties, and releases the occasional podcast in a series entitled, appropriately, "Podcasts With Uncle Heavy."
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