David Ostwald was raised in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He began studying piano at age
seven and tuba at eleven. Solely a classical musician until his junior year at the University
of Chicago, David formed his first jazz band at that time, inspired by the heart of America’s greatest art form.
Since 1980, Mr. Ostwald has led the Gully Low Jazz Band, whose second album, with blues
great Big Joe Turner, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1986 and whose fourth album
Blues in Our Heart (Nagel-Heyer) was released to critical acclaim in 1999. Since 2000,
the band has been engaged in an open-ended weekly Wednesday run at New York City’s Birdland, where it is known as the Louis Armstrong Eternity Band.
In addition to his numerous recording appearances, Mr. Ostwald has performed with such
varied artists as Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Nicholas Payton, Clark Terry, Benny Waters, Woody Allen, Jon Hendricks, Leon Redbone and the Oxford University Orchestral Society
under Sir Jack Westrup. For many years, David has presented jazz education programs
for children at Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” and "Reel to Real" series and at the Louis Armstrong House in Corona, Queens. He has also written extensively about jazz music.
About the Band
Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington,
Jelly Roll Morton and their colleagues, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
(a/k/a Gully Low Jazz Band) breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form.
Since 1980, this acoustically electrifying group has appeared nationally and internationally
in varied settings - currently in the nineteenth year of its open-ended weekly Wednesday
evening engagement at New York City’s Birdland, at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer’s Night Swing,
at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, at Jazz in July at the 92nd Street Y,
at Lionel Hampton’s New Orleans-style funeral procession, and at four appearances at Scotland’s Nairn International Jazz Festival. The band’s guest musicians have included Wynton Marsalis,
Dick Hyman, Jon Hendricks, Clark Terry, Jon Faddis, and blues great Big Joe Turner, whose recording with the band, one of five it has made, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1986.
In addition, we strongly believes that children’s lives are enriched by exposure to jazz music,
and in this regard has presented numerous programs for schoolchildren at the Louis Armstrong House in Corona, New York, at Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” and “Real to Reel” series
and in schools.