Bio - Dave Latchaw

Musician | Music Teacher

Jazz Rock Funk Fusion Piano / Keyboards

I am Keyboardist / Piano player Dave Latchaw. As a musician I spend most of my time as an independent recording artist, performer, music teacher, student, and fan of the fusing of jazz, rock, funk, hip/hop, world, and classical music. I have been playing professionally and teaching for over 40 years. I also have a degree in Music Education from Indiana University, and studied Jazz Performance at Berklee School of Music. I studied music education with Indiana band directors Pete Bottomley, Barry Ashton and Donna Sevcovic. I also had the opportunity to study many other aspects of music with Scott Stroman (Director of the London Jazz Orchestra), Bruce Thomas (Chet Baker, Ornette Coleman). In the 1980's I was the keyboardist for the internationally acclaimed melodic-metal hair band from Scotland, "The Heat". "The Heat" received many praises from European rock magazines "Kerrang", "Metal Hammer" and "Raw", and in 1989 recorded for the BBC, Radio 1. I have had the great privilege to have performed with Polish musicians Krzysztof Kralka and Krzysztof Misiak, and the vocal group "Anima" from Belarus. Since 1998 I have released seven solo recordings through "Latch Music" ( Currently unavailable soon to be re-released ) and produce the popular Jazz Fusion internet radio station "Latch Music Radio" @LIVE365. ( Live 365 - shut down in January of 2016 ) In July 2012, 2014 and 2016 I taught and performed at the Rockowe Ogrdki Music Festival in Plock, Poland. Currently, besides freelance solo piano and group work you can catch me leading my own Jazz trio, quartet and playing keyboards for the “2014 Battle of the Bands” winners “Fort Wayne Funk Orchestra”.

Experience Highlights:
1980-Present: International Piano and Keyboard Performer
1980-Present: Private Music Instructor with Emphasis on Jazz and Contemporary Music
2012-Present: Keyboard Instructor for Sweetwater Music Academy
2018-Present: Keyboard Instructor & Professor of the History of Rock and Roll - Saint Francis University
1999-2019: Judge for the Northrop High School Jazz Festival
1994-2019: Judge for the Snider High School Jazz Festival
1996-2018: Judge for the Northside High School Jazz Festival
2017-18: Podcast for - Plock Poland / The Dave Latchaw Show
2012/14/16: Taught and performed at the Rockowe Ogrdki Music Festival in Plock, Poland
2008: Performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra
2008: Performed with Wayne Brady
1998-01: Professor of Jazz Theory - Grace College
2000: Performed with Tony Award winner Heather Headley
1999: Featured Artist at the Leo High School Spring Jazz Concert
1994-99: Featured Artist at the Memorial Park Middle School Spring Jazz Concert
1997-98: Professor of Aural Perception - Indiana/Purdue University at Fort Wayne
1993-97: Big Band Composer
1996: Featured Artist with the IPFW University Jazz Band
1996: Performed with the Clark Kent Jazz Trio, Polish Jazz Musicians Kryzsztof Kralka, Kryzsztof Misiak and the vocal group Anima at the open air Jazz Festival - Plock, Poland
1996: Featured Artist at the Indiana Music Educator's Association Convention along with Dominic Spera and James Walker, performing with the Northrop High School Jazz Ensemble
1992-93 Performed with the Fort Wayne Philharmonic Orchestra
1991: Professor of Careers in Music - Huntington College
1990: Keyboard Expert for the Music Spectrum
1986-90: Keyboardist for the Scottish Rock Band "The Heat"
1989: BBC Recording Artist
1985-86: Instrumental Music Educator - South Adams, Indiana School System
1984: Composed Theme for Channel 55's "Night Shift" Television Show