We had the good fortune of connecting with David Craig and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, why did you pursue a creative career?
I don’t feel that I ever decided to pursue this career; music found me, and I had no choice. All I wanted to do was play. I never thought about pursuing a career or what that even meant. I just started as a kid, and now I’m here.
It’s not really an answer, I suppose, I just love it. The way it feels physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am known as a jazz bassist, an improviser; a chameleon if you will. I compose and perform my own compositions and other musicians play them as well. At the basic level, I’m in a supportive role. I play in a wide variety of styles outside of Jazz. Recently, I’ve recorded an eclectic rock album where I played two different bass guitars with different techniques; double bass Arco and Pizzicato. I’ve been a featured soloist with the Aperio Orchestra on a world premier composition. I’ve played bass guitar with the Houston Symphony doing the soundtrack to The Little Mermaid.
I’m so grateful to be able to perform on a vast variety of occasions and it’s exciting to be in different musical situations from one week to another. I play with great performers, singers, and instrumentalists. I think what has gotten me this far is being able to listen and adapt, both musically and to people. It takes a great deal of intuition to figure out what the music needs, and the needs of the music are the most important thing.
The best musicians are selfless in regards to this; music first.
I strive for this.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Nancy’s Hustle, MFAH, Cezanne (if it were still open,) Emmet’s Jazz Jam, Monday night Jazz Jam at Space Cowboy, Goode Company (any/all.)
Shows at The Wortham, Jones Hall, and Alley Theatre. Whatever is happening that week around town, it’s constantly changing.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My mother, Ruth; an amateur musician. My father, Chalio; whom I never really knew.
Doctor Robert “Doc” Morgan, HSPVA, too many Houston jazz musicians to name like Dave Catney and Mike Wheeler.
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