David Linard


David is a Brooklyn-based pianist, educator, and musical director who loves timeless feel-good music.  

Currently a member of Sammy Miller and the Congregation, David has traveled the world with the Congregation, playing venues such as Monterey Jazz Festival, Umbria Jazz Festival, Montreal Jazz Festival, Jazz à Juan, Jazz à Megève, the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, SF Jazz, and the Bowery Ballroom. He has also toured playing piano with saxophonist Grace Kelly, and playing drums with Gracie and Rachel. When home in New York, David enjoys playing with blues artists such as SaRon Crenshaw and Junior Mack.

David teaches in schools in across the five boroughs of NYC as a member of Jazz at Lincoln Center's Jazz for Young People program. He has worked as a musical director with Ars Nova in their Makers Lab program.

He earned his MM from the Juilliard School in 2015, studying privately with Kenny Barron and Frank Kimbrough, and working closely with Wynton Marsalis. David earned his BM from Indiana University in 2012, studying with David Baker, and performing with Michael Spiro’s Latin Jazz Collective. 

David plays piano and harmonica on Sammy Miller and the Congregation’s albums including the latest self titled mixtape. They are set to record a new album in January 2019. In 2017, David played drums on Gracie and Rachel's self titled debut album, which made Bob Boilen's list of top 10 albums of 1017 and NPR's top 100 of 2017. He also plays piano and harmonica on John Fatum's self titled album.