“Mr. Haney is a pianist drawn to experimental settings, and he creates a promising one here.” The New York Times

“One of the most inventive pianists in the USA...” Bruce Lee Gallanter, Downtown Music Gallery

“a pianist whose accomplishments far outranks his public profile..” Peter Monaghan, Earshot Jazz

“ of the very few post-Cecil Taylor pianists on record.” Nic Jones, Jazz Wise

"Haney's resume includes liturgical and chamber works, hybrid jazz/classical improvisations and music for ballet." Glenn Astarita, All About Jazz

"...his playing reveals an attractively individual style. " Steven Lowey, All Music Guide

"...has played inside and out :from Bud Shank to John Tchicai" The Village Voice 

"A bright light on the modern jazz scene. A serious and interesting young man on the leading edge of jazz composition." Judy Hamill, CBC Radio

"Haney is worth your time." Jason Bivens, Cadence Jazz and Blues Journal

"Haney is a firm believer in the spontaneous approach to music making," Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times

"Pianist Haney's got hands like ballerinas have feet." John Graham, Willamette Week

"Pianist David Haney seems to get off most on....collective improvisations rooted in the moment." Derk Richardson, San Francisco Bay Guardian

"Haney's minimalistic approach, which is primarily rhythmic, veers away from any melodic content, and produces some wonderful interplay through his unaccompanied solos, especially with the relentless beats of Bennink. The percussive rhythmic interplay with Bennink is often reminiscent of Hasaan Ibn Ali and Max Roach's classic session from 1963, (The Max Roach Trio Featuring the Legendary Hasaan)." Laurence Donohue-Greene, One Final Note

"He challenges Bud Shank and other first string collaborators he brings together (including, in the past, Han Bennink and Julian Priester) with his instant compositions that mix the kinetic energy of music-in-the-moment with harmonic structural touchstones." Bill Smith, Willamette Week

"Although there are some hints of blues and swing, the sound speaks more to the classical. Haney has successfully blended these forms in energetic and intelligent pieces. Paula Payerman, Fast Forward Weekly

"Combining simple, often lyrical lines with complex group improvisation, the music is both edgy and inviting, developing beautifully flowing themes." Andrew Gilbert, Contra Costa Times

"...a welcome invitation to grab your passport and be swept away on a journey. The music transported you into uncharted, yet familiar mindscapes. And what places they were!" Diane Worley, Jazz Notes

New Release:

Circadian World Clock 

(Big Round Records - Parma Recordings)

​COMING SOON - Ornette and Other Stories

(Unseen Rain Records)​



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Music Projects in development 
Face of a Thousand Hymns- album

Passage to Improv - album
New York Jazz Stories live from Joe's Pub - album/DVD
18 Exotic Tunes - album and songbook

Vishnu in New York - podcast radio play/album

David Haney, November 21, 2020

David Haney and Dave Storrs, January 9, 2021

Short Films

January 9, 2021

David Haney

Catalogue of Works

Performance Videos

Music For a Free World with Dave Sewelson: Playlist from November 21, 2020


TUNES: The Sonny Rollins Bridge Story / Gunter Hampel on Why Thelonious Monk Danced / Jamaica / Steve Swallow recalls his trip to Jamaica with Herbie Nichols / John McLaughlin remembers his first session with Miles Davis / Annie Ross meets Sarah Vaughan / Twelve Bar Variation / Ab Baars recalls getting help from Misha Mengelberg / Wolter Weirbos Recalls a Concert with the ICP Orchestra / Gone Away to the Other Shore / Obo Addy Retells the Stolen Pants Story / Dominic Duval Studies Charles Mingus / David Haney Talks About Jazz Stories / Bye Bye Baby Goodbye. 78:00. PERSONNEL: Haney, p, narration. 9/24/14, 10/10/14, Portland, OR.

One of the unique features of the online version of this magazine is that each issue contains short anecdotes from jazz musicians all compiled by our publisher David Haney. Here you can either read them or hear the musicians tell the stories in their own voices audio files. This disc presents these in yet another way, Haney reciting nine of the stories dramatically with his own piano accompaniment.
A few of these, like Sonny Rollins practicing on the Williamsburg bridge
at night or John McLaughlin's first studio encounter with Miles Davis, are well known but gain a lot of flavor from the protagonist's own telling. Others, Gunter Hampel talking about Thelonious Monk or Dominic Duval's encounters with Charles Mingus, are warm examples of how these people feel about their own heroes. Then there are others that are flat-out hilarious like Steve Swallow's tale of playing with Herbie Nichols in a Dixieland band on an ill-fated cruise to Jamaica, Wolter Weirbos trying to drive a sluggish Misha Mengelberg to an ICP Orchestra concert, and best of all, the story of African drummer Obo Addy "borrowing" his brother's pants for a gig and barely surviving his brother's wrath.
Haney tells these tales with the dramatic flair of a Garrison keillor with impish piano garnishes. He also throws in a few solo piano pieces like Nichols' "Jamaica" at apt intervals and even includes his own story of how he came to collect all these anecdotes. Reading the stories here in Cadence is entertaining in its own right but this is a unique and fun presentation.
Jerome Wilson

DAVID HANEY studied composition for six years with Czech composer, Tomas Svoboda. After several years of working with the Society of Oregon Composers, Haney began applying  his skills as a working jazz artist, often paired up with some of the greatest minds in jazz improvisation, such featured artists as Andrew Cyrille, Roswell Rudd, John Tchicai, Bud Shank, Bernard Purdie, Buell Neidlinger, Julian Priester, Han Bennink, Obo Addy, Wilbert de Joode, Gerry Hemingway, Wolter Weirbos, Perry Robinson, and Johannes Bauer. Haney has recorded 15 albums in ten years for C.I.M.P. Records and Cadence Jazz Records. David has also collaborated on 14 albums on other labels worldwide. He has received grants and commissions for his creative work from the U.S. State Department; Alberta Film Works; and the Oregon Ballet Theatre. Haney was awarded a travel grant from the U.S. State Department to present the music of composer Herbie Nichols in concerts throughout Argentina and Chile. Haney's piano/trombone work Ota Benga of the Batwa was included in the critics pick for best Jazz Album of 2007 (Coda Magazine). “Conspiracy a go go" and "Clandestine" were both selected Top Ten Jazz Albums of 2009 (Cadence Magazine). David’s next release “Solo” received top ten honors in 2014 (Cadence Magazine). The Penguin Guide to Jazz has a half page entry on several David Haney albums.

David Haney, September 4, 2021

Music For a Free World with Dave Sewelson: Playlist from November 21, 2020