"David Bixler is an artist who manages to take much of the best of the jazz tradition and push it in new directions—push, but never shove. He is original, but his originality is not what I would call radical. He works within the tradition. He is not looking to destroy it. The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head is an album filled with inventive ideas and exciting artistry. Most importantly, it is filled with music you'll want to hear and hear again." Jack Goodstein
Saxophonist, composer, and educator David Bixler continues to establish himself as a multi-faceted artist. David has performed and toured the world with the orchestras of Chico O'Farrill, Lionel Hampton, and Toshiko Akiyoshi, among others. His collaboration with pianist Arturo O’Farrill has resulted in many fruitful offerings, including the GRAMMY nominated 40 Acres and a Mule.
In reviewing The Nearest Exit May Be Inside Your Head, Bixler's fifth recording as a leader, Dan Bilawasky writes in All About Jazz," Bixler has garnered plenty of attention for his contributions to O'Farrill's music over the years, but this album makes it clear that it's time to give him his due for his own winning work."
Also active as a composer, this fall David premiered The Hughes Project, musical ruminations on the poems of Langston Hughes for nine musicians. He has also received numerous commissions, the latest of which, Gaze for oboe, bassoon, and piano was premiered at the 2014 International Double Reed Symposium in New York. David is the Director of Jazz Studies at Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. As both a Selmer and Vandoren Artist he is active as a clinician throughout the world.
His latest recording, SLINK, with his group Auction Project was released in October of 2014 and features pianist Arturo O'Farrill and guitarist Mike Stern.
David and his wife Heather reside in New York City and have four children.