David Loeb, M.M.
Director, Division of Jazz Studies
David Loeb has performed as a jazz pianist with Arturo Sandoval, Nancy Wilson, Tom Scott, Freddie Hubbard, Anita O’Day, Joe Williams and many others. Loeb was a Los Angeles recording musician for television shows including Family Guy and The Emmy Awards, and movies including Ted, The Birdcage and Pocahontas. He was principal keyboardist with The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, and there he accompanied musical artists including Placido Domingo, James Galway, Bette Midler and Jessye Norman. Loeb was pianist on the Grammy Award-winning recording, Ask Your Mama, composed by Laura Karpman, musical director and conductor for Ben Vereen with The National Symphony Orchestra, and directed The Philadelphia Orchestra for Dee Dee Bridgewater. Loeb orchestrated for George Benson and Doc Severinsen, arranged for The Academy Awards and has composed for PBS television and Dolly Parton.
In Las Vegas, Loeb was musical director for Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Dance With Me, Steve Wynn’s Show Stoppers and the CBS television special, Sinatra 100, with Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Celine Dion, Harry Connick Jr., Garth Brooks, Alicia Keys, Seth MacFarlane, Carrie Underwood, Usher, John Legend and Adam Levine. He performed Gershwin’s Rhapsody In Blue with the Las Vegas Philharmonic, and was musical director for Larry Rosen’s Jazz Roots series with Ann Hampton Callaway, Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Take 6 and Nnenna Freelon at the Smith Center for the Performing Arts.
UNLV Jazz Studies students, under his direction, have earned several DownBeat Magazine Student Music Awards, have performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival and Midwest Clinic, and have garnered outstanding CD reviews from Jazz Times Magazine. Loeb is a recipient of the distinguished Nevada System of Higher Education Regents' Creative Activity Award. He holds a master of music degree in jazz and contemporary media from the Eastman School of Music and a bachelor of science in music education from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.