Davy Mooney is a jazz guitarist, recording artist for Sunnyside Records, and educator from New Orleans. He has recorded seven albums as leader, and many others as side man. Some of his recent albums recorded for Sunnyside include Davy Mooney and the Hope of Home Band Live at National Sawdust, Benign Strangers (a collaboration with Japanese drummer Ko Omura), Hope of Home, and Perrier St. Prominent musicians featured on Mooney’s albums include Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd, John Ellis, and Matt Clohesy. In promotion of these albums, Mooney has toured the US extensively and performed in Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Peru, and Myanmar. Earlier recordings include a duo guitar album with John Pizzarelli in 2006 entitled Last Train Home. The year after, he recorded Astoriano on the Japanese label LateSet Records.
Mooney is Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies and head of the jazz guitar program at the University of North Texas, where he teaches private lessons and advanced jazz improvisation. As an educator, he has published Personalizing Jazz Vocabulary with Mel Bay.
Mooney placed third in the 2005 Thelonious Monk International Guitar Competition. He studied at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance from 2007 to 2009 under artistic director Terence Blanchard where he worked with many jazz legends, including Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Ron Carter.
Davy plays a 7-string Bravo Deluxe model.
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