Part-Time Assistant Professor of Music
Areas of expertiseJazz Band, Saxophone and Music Technology
David Guidi currently directs the Jazz Band and teaches Applied Saxophone and Music Technology. In joining the university, he brings his experiences as a professional jazz saxophonist and composer active in his field.
Recognized as a rising artist in 2001, Dr. Guidi was one of a select group of promising jazz musicians invited to attend the prestigious Steans Institute in Chicago. He has been recognized in numerous composition contests and was selected winner of one of the 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Awards, later being asked to represent the ASCAP foundation in a performance at Lincoln Center. He has performed across the nation and in Canada alongside some of the best jazz musicians in the world, including Dave Brubek, Hank Jones, Jason Marsalis, Marcus Printup, Tito Puente, Eric Reed, Marcus Roberts, Clark Terry, Ron Westray and many others. He has also performed with American icons such as Barry Manilow and Martin Short. Here in central Texas, he is an active clinician and adjudicator performing with or composing for many of the region's most recognized musicians in a wide array of musical styles and venues.
Dr. Guidi's recent commissions include original compositions or arrangements for the Austin Youth Symphony Orchestra, Austin's JazzBonez and music for jazz and marching bands. Many of his works for jazz ensemble are published with Walrus Music and he has also arranged pieces for concerts with both Kenny Garrett and Delfeayo Marsalis. His music has been performed by professional, university, and high school ensembles across the country and at such venues as the North Seas Jazz Festival in The Hague, The Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland and the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago.
A past student of the highly-revered saxophonist Bunky Green, Dr. Guidi holds degrees from the University of North Florida (BM-Jazz Studies), Florida State University (MM-Jazz Studies) and the University of Texas at Austin (DMA-Jazz Composition). He has taught courses in Applied Saxophone, Jazz Composition, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo and Jazz Improvisation at Florida State University and the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Guidi maintains a strong commitment to the development of learning communities in which students are actively engaged in pursuing excellence. Prior to joining the faculty at Southwestern, he led a very successful private saxophone studio. His students were awarded college music scholarships and also recognized in both the classical and jazz idioms by acceptance into region, area, and state honor bands and consistently performing in the Texas State Solo Festival. In addition to his position at Southwestern, he maintains a private studio and holds a jazz and theory teaching position at St. Andrew's School in Austin.
"David Guidi is a significant young artist, clearly committed to a long life of jazz."
"Trane himself would be proud of Guidi's penetrating solos. Building on the great songwriting of the past, Guidi adds modern tonalities and directions that make the music seem utterly fresh and modern, while maintaining the connection to the central core of hard bop and jazz in general."
"David Guidi shows himself to be a modern straight-ahead somewhat reminiscent of the Trane-influenced, harmonically modernized late Hank Mobley or George Coleman - with some Wayne Shorter added for good measure."
- Cadence Magazine