We had the good fortune of connecting with David Caceres and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, why did you pursue a creative career?
Music has been in my family for generations. My paternal great grandfather was a professor of music, my grandfather was a jazz violinist, my great uncle was a saxophonist, as well as my father. They maternal grandfather owned a record store and recording studio. I was constantly surrounded by music. They are big shoes to fill but I honestly don’t know what else I’d be doing if I weren’t playing music.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
There is always an emotional tug when it comes to playing music. Whether I’m playing saxophone or singing, expressing myself musically draws from a unique place nothing else can reach. I’m somewhat of an introvert, so playing in front of an audience is always quite an experience. Even though I’ve been playing concerts for 45 years, it can feel like I’m performing for the first time. It’s like telling your life story to complete strangers. It can be exhilarating and overwhelming at the same time. I feel this experience adds something to my music. With the combination of playing and singing, my music draws from several languages. The goal is to cross boundaries and hopefully unify audiences.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
The day would start off with mounting biking at Brazos River Park or Memorial Park, followed by lunch at Himalaya’s. The evening would consist of dinner at Houston’s, then checking out some live jazz at Cezanne and ending the evening at Scott Gertner’s Rhythm Room.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d have to dedicate this shoutout to (as Charlie Parker would say) my worthy constituent, Paul English. Paul is a fabulous pianist, composer, arranger, band leader, and “steady gig” creator. Paul is the reason I moved to Houston back in ’92. Paul invited me to join his quartet that had a 5 night a week gig playing jazz. To be playing a steady jazz gig for that many nights was unheard of to me. These guys were pushing the envelope playing stuff where I could barely hang on. How could I say no. Paul and I continue to play gigs together. You’re just in the zone when you’ve been playing with someone for that long.