David Berger is a drummer from Saint Louis, Missouri, arriving to New York City in 1987 to study music at the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, located in NYC's Greenwich Village. Early influences include Elvin Jones, Max Roach, Art Blakey, Philly Jo Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Jimmy Cobb & Jeff Watts, etc... Later influences include Tony Williams, James Black, Zigaboo Modeliste, Clyde Stubblefield, Bernard Purdie, etc...some of whom Berger was able to see perform regularly in Manhattan's famed downtown Jazz Clubs.
While in attendance at the New School, a focus on early American music, specifically the functional & spiritual music of New Orleans emerged, leading Berger to relocate and study at the University of New Orleans, where esteemed professors Ellis Marsalis, Harold Batiste & Victor Goines taught all facets of improvisational musical, formally known as Jazz.
Berger returned to New York City in early 1993, steeped in the New Orleans sound, joining the eclectic house-boat band The Flying Neutrinos for a 7-year stint which generated multiple recordings, national & international tours, film and television appearances.
From the year 2000 - the present, Berger has appeared with numerous live acts spanning multiple genres, as well as contributing to many recordings, pictured below, in a variety of styles, as a drummer; also often engaging in the role of writing, arrangement & production.