David A. Wells is a bassoonist, teacher, and music scholar based in Northern California. He teaches at California State University, Sacramento, California State University, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Delta College; plays with Townsend Opera, the Merced Symphony, and the swing quintet Hot Club Faux Gitane; and serves as Director of Operations for the Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium. For more, please see the Biography, Performances, and Journal pages.
- Klaus Thunemann’s Foray into Jazz - The vast majority of people who have recorded bassoon in jazz contexts have been doublers who primarily play saxophone, such as Illinois Jacquet, Frankie Trumbauer, and Ben Wendel. A very small number of players (Paul Hanson and Michael Rabinowitz are the best known) truly specialize in playing jazz on the bassoon. But there is a third category as well: orchestral bassoonists who have occasionally ventured into jazz contexts. In 1935, Sol Schoenbach recorded four tunes by British jazz pianist Reginald Foresythe in a small group that also included Benny Goodman and Gene Krupa.… (Read more)
- Audio recordings of Georg Philipp Telemann's Fantasy No. 1 in C Major and Philippe Hersant's Hopi for bassoon alone, both from the 2012 Meg Quigley Vivaldi Competition and Bassoon Symposium.