David Feehan

Musical Résumé

Box 575, Wellington, 6140
Email: tapestrymusic @ orcon.net.nz
Telephone: +64 4 385 7311; +64 4 385 8222; Mobile: 027 449 3389

  • Church and School Choirs from the age of seven

  • New Zealand Opera Company, two years

  • Vocalist of “US Five” rock band while still at College (age 15)

  • Vocals and Bass for “Lost Souls” and “Tapestry” (top New Zealand rock band during the 1970s)

  • Vocalist and Percussionist with “Snatch” (5 years) and “Raw Deal” (4 years) to 1985

  • Vocalist for New Zealand’s internationally-acclaimed Rodger Fox Big Band from 1974 to 1987 and still performs with them frequently, plus the Rodger Fox Jazz Orchestra in Wellington, NZ

  • Since 1983 performed on a freelance basis at cabarets, nightclubs, concerts and TV shows throughout New Zealand

  • International Recording and Singing Artist

  • Currently running “DFB”, all top Jazz and Rock Musicians

  • A much sought-after Vocal Tutor, holds Vocal Master Classes and Teaches one on one from his studio in Wellington, New Zealand. Taught at Tauranga Jazz Festival, Massey University and Whitireia Music Conservatoriums and in New York

  • Arranger, Producer and Songwriter

  • Session Vocalist for EMI New Zealand from late 1960s to mid 1970s, Back Up Vocals on over Six Number 1 Hits

  • Starred as Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar” in 1983, Wellington Production

• All over New Zealand from Kaitaia in the North Island to Invercargill in the South Island, including:

- Royal Variety Concert 1984
- Tauranga Jazz Festival (Fifteen times)
- All ZM/More FM Carol Concerts throughout New Zealand
- Gluepot in Auckland
- Downstage
- Michael Fowler Centre
- Various Nightclubs, Pubs and venues throughout New Zealand
- Xmas In the Park 2000 and 2001
- Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin town halls and nearly every other town hall or major theatre in New Zealand
- Sheraton Hotels, the Regent (Auckland) and Park Royal and Plaza International in Wellington.
- Several National Tours with Rodger Fox Big Band including Frank Sinatra Tribute Tour with ray Woolf and Erna Ferry 2009

• Television appearances include:

- Gruntmachine
- Ready to Roll
- Cmon
- Big Band 1983
- The Rodger Fox 10th Anniversary Show
- Royal Variety Concert 1984
- New Zealand Today
- The Michael Fowler Centre Opening
- The Music Awards (GOFTAS)
- The Rock N Roll Show
- Star Search USA 1988
- International Polish Jazz Live Telecast from Gdansk 1981

• Toured extensively with Suzanne Prentice and Midge Marsden.

• Appeared in every National Telethon since its inception and was appointed Musical Director of the 1988 Telethon.


-Australia - Musicians Club and The Basement (Sydney)
- Switzerland – 1980 and 1981 Montreaux Jazz Festival
- France, Singapore
- New York - The Village Vanguard
- Los Angeles – Carmillo’s and The Baked Potato
- Disneyland
- Hong Kong – Hilton Hotel
- London – The 100 Club and Ronnie Scotts
- A major tour of Poland in 1981, including Warsaw, Gdansk and Krakow.
- A tour of Canada in 1986 including EXPO, Vancouver, and The Klondike Days, Edmonton.
- A promotion tour of the USA in 1987 to Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, New York and Los Angeles.
- In 1988 toured Los Angeles, San Diego, appeared on National Television in Gdansk, Poland 1981 and Montreaux, Switzerland in 1980, plus Star Search (USA) 1988 and San Diego Local Television in 1989.
- In 1989 toured San Diego (5 concerts) and came third in a televised major Songwriters Competition.
- In 2007 and 2008 studied in Cuba and also performed at Fenix and with Buena Vista Social Club in Havana, Studied with Chucho Valdes (top Cuban percussionist and band leader.)
- Studied and sung in Italy at the prestigious Tuscany Project (Perugia) plus on same tours in London, Boston, New Orleans and Havana 2005 - 2007
APPEARED WITH: (and have been backed by, on stage with or supported)

• Claudio Rediti, Ray Charles
• Steve Erquagua, Tom Jones
• Ron McLure, Jon Papenbrook
• Mavis Rivers, Renee Geyer
• Suzanne Prentice, Greg Bisonette
• The Sweet, Billy T James
• Average White Band, Mark Williams
• Dave Stahl, Dalvanius Prime
• Johnny Farnham, Gladys Knight
• Michael Houston, Brenda Boykin
• Bill Reichenbach, The Neville Brothers
• Mike Nock, Ricky May
• Bobby Shew, Gordon Brisker
• Garry Grant, Dolly Parton
• Kenny Rogers, Buena Vista Social Club
• Nu Shooz, Steely Dan Horns,
• The Jets, Jordan Reyne
• James Morrison, Brooke Fraser
• South Side Of Bombay, Decoders
RECORDING HISTORY: • At least 10 Radio Jazz Programmes in New Zealand:
- Unsung Heroes 1985
- Several Singles, many self-penned, including “In the Rain” and “It’s Wrong” with Tapestry (Number 3 in Wellington, New Zealand; Number 1 in Dunedin, New Zealand).
- Junk Mail with Raw Deal
- Give It One More Chance (Solo released in 1987)

• Released an EP with Raw Deal in 1985, and performed vocal tracks on Rodger Fox Big Band albums (including live albums at Montreaux in 1980 and 1981).

• Released “Ballade”, first solo album in 1986 recorded “live” in the studio and containing five originals and five adaptations including “God Bless the Child”, “It Was A Very Good Year”, “Sorry Seems to be the Hardest Word” and “Tuxedo Junction”.

• Released “DF” second solo album 1992 containing four originals and four adaptations, including “Work To Do” and “Misty”.

• Released a Gospel Album “Building the Nations” as part of “Body and Soul Music 1992 – 12 original songs”.

• Released “Bronze” 2008/9 third solo album including 6 originals and 8 adaptations, and featuring duets with Emma Davey, Fiona Bee and Nichola King all top NZ singers/tutors.

• Currently working on new album (working title Cuatro) which will feature duets with Giralda Duenas- Viciedo(Cuba), Sean Feehan, Julie Lamb and Blake Feehan(Hong Kong), all to be recorded in Wellington/Hong Kong/Havana plus working on a Jazz Album with Rodger Fox in Wellington.

MUSICAL INFLUENCES: Chaka Khan, Al Jarreau, Simply Red, “Motown”, Little Feat, Tower Of Power, AWB, Take 6, Michael McDonald, Rachelle Farrell, Bob Carlisle, Patti Austin, David Foster, DD Bridgewater, Dusty Springfield, Steely Dan.
STYLES: Anything but prefer Rhythm & Blues, Soul, and Jazz Rock/Funk.
TEACHING: • Vocal Tutor for over 30 years, specialising in all areas of contemporary singing.
• Vocal Tutor at Whitireia Community Polytechnic from 1990- 1997, Porirua New Zealand
• Professional Studies and Vocal Tutor at Massey University Conservatorium of Music, Wellington, New Zealand 1997 - 2006
• Conducts regular Vocal Clinics at Jazz Festivals, Churches and Institutions throughout New Zealand, guest tutor at Tuscany Project held in Nelson 2011.


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