Welcome to the official website of musician David Alexander Shenton.
David is a composer, pianist, violinist, arranger, orchestrator and producer. His compositions have been praised as “totally ingenius” by BBC Radio 3’s Jeremy Sams; his piano playing (in particular as an accompanist) has been described as “the pinnacle of accompanists in the world today,” and “…able to switch from tour de force classical piano repertoire to swinging jazz or pop on the turn of a dime.” As arranger and pianist, David has appeared on some 47 albums, and has collaborated with some 300+ renowned singers and instrumentalists from every genre, ranging from Pinchas Zukerman, Chris Botti, Alfie Bøe, The John Wilson Orchestra, Vanessa Williams, Marilyn Maye, and many more.
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NEW MUSICAL OPENED MARCH 2023
PAPERBOY, an original musical
Manhattan School of Music's Musical Theatre Division will present the World Premiere of Paperboy, a new musical based on the award-winning novel by Vince Vawter.
The novel, which sold more than a quarter million copies and won the prestigious Newbery Honor Award, is based on Mr. Vawter's real-life experience growing up in the 1950s as a person who stutters. The book has been translated into 17 languages, but the 18th translation - into the language of musical theater - might just be its most universal expression.
Paperboy features a score by Jim Wann and David Shenton, with arrangements and orchestrations by Mr. Shenton. Lyrics are by Mr. Wann, who earned Tony and Drama Desk nominations for the Broadway musical Pump Boys and Dinettes. Mr. Shenton has written pieces for symphonies to jazz violin concertos, as well as ballet and film scores.
Emily Loesser and Don Stephenson have adapted the book for the stage, along with Mr. Vawter. Mr. Stephenson will direct the production.
STEINWAY RECORD DEAL
A new release by Steinway & Sons record label is now available. The album feathures my original piano compositions, performed exquisitely by Steinway artist, Joanne Polk. Available wherever music is available!
NEW MUSICAL: BRUSHSTROKES
Brushstrokes will be produced in October/November 2023 in NY. Stay tuned for details.
VIDEOS OF THE MONTH
EMPIRE TRIO's new show, YOU RAISE ME UP is now touring the USA. look out for dates in our calendar at www.EmpireTrio.com
A tribute to the late-great Oscar Peterson. The legend wrote this gorgeous tune - hope you enjoy my rendition of it...
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