Davey Yarborough is a native of The District of Columbia who has been performing, and teaching for over 30 years. He is a fine flautist and saxophonist as well as a distinguished composer, arranger, bandleader, and teacher. Davey has served as president of the DC unit of the International Association for Jazz Education, , chaired the Instrumental music department for 14 of his 29 years at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington, DC. He is the co-founder and Artistic director of the Washington Jazz Arts Institute. Mr. Yarborough is a MENC “ Lowell Mason fellow”, Has received The “Mayors’ Arts Award for contributions to jazz education, was “nominated “CNN Hero” by trumpeter Wynton Marsalis.
A graduate of Federal City College, UDC and Howard University, he also studied with flute master Frank Wess and saxophone with the great Sonny Stitt. These intensive and challenging experiences have served him well not only as a performer but also as a composer and teacher. Davey has produced and performed on several recordings including “Stellar Award “nominated “IN The Spirit” featuring Vocalist Esther Williams, “Royal Essence”, a collaborative tribute with Sir Roland Hannah to Duke Ellington celebrating his 100th birthday, Collaboration HD with Hilton Felton to name a few.
Throughout his career, Yarborough has performed with some of America’s most notable artists in the jazz genre, including Wynton Marsalis, Dr. Billy Taylor, Dizzy Gillespie, Lena Horne, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, James Moody and Joe Williams. In addition to leading his own quintet, he created The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra with satellite orchestras at The Duke Ellington School of the Arts and The Washington Jazz Arts Institute.
Davey performed background music for “The Cosby Show,” composed and performed on the musical soundtrack for the movie “Uptown Angel,” composed and arranged and arranged musical tributes to Sonny Stitt and John Malachi. Yarborough has also played at major jazz festivals, including the East Coast Jazz Festival and the Blues/Jazz Festival of San Remo, Italy. The “Jazz Under The stars” in Nassau, The Bahamas.
Yarborough is married to the famed vocalist and entrepreneur Esther Williams and has one daughter. Daughter Davie is a devoted and enthusiastic English instructor at Duke Ellington.