David Ellenbogen is a musician, producer, educator and a New York City radio host. As a guitarist and vocalist he has performed in The Kingdom of Tonga, Ghana, Australia, Thailand, India, and at home in New York. With an open mind and approach, he performs everything from Hendrix to Bach and incorporates world music styles that span continents and centuries.
After earning a Masters degree in education from Columbia University, David began producing concerts and lectures for the Columbia’s Center for Jazz Studies. The success of these events caught the eye of legendary producer George Wein, whose achievements include creating the Newport Jazz and Folk and Festivals (in 1954) and The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. David was soon hired by Wein and he helped produce dozens of festivals internationally, eventually becoming the Associate Producer of several JVC jazz festivals.
After a few incredible years with Wein, David left to record, study and play music in places like Samoa, Bali, and most significantly, India. In Calcutta, David studied raga intensely with Debashish Bhattacharya, who has been called, “the world’s greatest slide guitarist.” Bhattacharya now refers to David as his “first Western disciple…after which thousands have now followed.”