My Life's a Musical
David Alley & The Brass Tacks
A tribute to the music of John Lenox and Lloyd Schwartz.
This collection of songs written by John Lenox and Lloyd Schwartz has been a labor of love and long overdue. It’s been thirty plus years since John, Lloyd, and myself worked on the demos for this body of work, and only recently did it occur to me to honor my friends by turning them into mostly instrumentals featuring the Flugelhorn. Since we had originally done the demos with a number of singers, I felt it would be a nice touch to bring this body of work together as an instrumental CD. Thanks to John (RIP) and Lloyd for the wonderful songs. It was a blast putting this together.
Flugelhorn, Trumpet, Vocals - David Alley Keyboards - John Lenox Drums - Cubby O’Brien Steel Guitar - Larry White Vibraphone - Jerry Tachoir Bass, Acoustic & Electric Guitar - Wish I could remember!
Produced by: David Alley Dallas Mixed by: Mark Capps Nashville Mastered by: Pete Doell Aftermaster Audio. Hollywood
David became involved in the arts at a very young age. Starting with the trumpet in the fifth grade, he would compete and be awarded, first chair in the Texas All State Band his junior year in high school, followed by a six year stint as featured soloist with the SMU Mustang Band, a recording contract with Capitol Records as a vocalist, and a forty plus year career in the entertainment business. He has traveled in various production capacities with David Bowie, the Rolling Stones, Carpenters, and many other entertainers. He became involved in the lighting business for twenty of his forty years in the entertainment business, where he was Executive Vice President of International Operations for the renowned Emmy Award winning innovators of automated lighting technology, Vari-Lite, Inc. He is a member of the National Association of Recording Arts & Sciences, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, the Professional Photographers of America, and has a Masters Degree in Business from Southern Methodist University. Over the years, David has played with many artists, including Thunder, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder, Little Richard, the Vocal Majority, Nitzinger, LA Si Si, Dobie Gray, the Soul Society, and many others.
Discography 1962 Texas All State Band Record - Trumpet 1963 Texas All State Band Record - Cornet 1965 Mustang Jazz - SMU - Lead Trumpet 1967 Mustang Jazz - SMU - Lead Trumpet 1967 Soul Society "Knock On Wood" - Showco Records - Lead Trumpet 1967 Soul Society "I've Been Dream'in" - Showco Records - Piccolo Trumpet, Lead Trumpet, Background Vocals 1972 Thunder - Capitol Records - Lead Vocals all tracks 1973 Thunder - Capitol Records - Lead Vocals all tracks 1976 Nitzinger “Live Better Electrically” – 20th Century – Background vocals 1981 Woody James L.A. Si Si - LACC Recording - Trumpet, Flugelhorn 1985 Vocal Majiorty "White Christmas" - VM Productions - Vocalist in the Chorus 1990 Vocal Majority "I'll Be Seeing You" - VM Productions - Vocalist in the Chorus 1990 Mormon Tabernacle Choir & The Vocal Majority "Voices In Harmony" -Sony Classical - Vocalist 2014 David Alley “Gulf of Mexico” – iTunes Release – Lead Vocals 2017 Summer Rose “America My Home” for the play “Independence” – Producer 2018 David Alley and the “Brass Tacks” – Flugelhorn and Vocals, Producer
Awards 1959-1963 Various Performance Medals Texas State Competitions - Trumpet 1962 Texas All State Band – Trumpet 1963 Texas All State Band – Cornet 1985 Gold Medal – SPEBSQSA International Competition – Vocal Majority Chorus 1988 Gold Medal – SPEBSQSA International Competition – Vocal Majority Chorus 1991 Certificate “Outstanding Contribution” 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1990-1991 Certificate “Outstanding Engineering Development” Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 Certificate “Outstanding Engineering Development” Primetime Emmy Awards 2017 Bronze Medal – Professional Photographers of America “International Print Competition” 2017 Dallas Professional Photographers Association “Photographer of the Year”