I have sad news.  My friend Stacy Phillips, a man who was many, many things, including a Grammy award winner, a Bluegrass legend and a founding member of the Afro-Semitic Experience, died on Tuesday, June 5 around 9:30 p.m.  He was 74 years old. He experienced a massive heart attack on Sunday and from then on it was just a matter of time.  He was surrounded by his family, his sister and his niece and nephew.  Stacy was his own person and that was reflected in the life he led as a musician.  If this news seems like a surprise or a blow, I agree.  I have spent the past two days in a state of disbelief as the life of someone who was a colleague, a mentor, a friend, and a genuine world class grump slipped away.  I would say more about Stacy, but others have already said it better.  There is a great obituary about Stacy in the New Haven Independent.

On Sunday, June 10, we participated in a musical memorial for Stacy at Café 9 in New Haven.  We were joined by so many other musicians, bands, students, and fans who all paid tribute to him.  There’s a great article about that event in the New Haven Independent

Zichronoh l’vrachah  May his memory be a blessing


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DAVID CHEVAN: the face of the bass

Colin McEnroe Show podcast


This past August Warren Byrd, my long-time music partner and Afro-Semitic Experience co-founder and I participated in the recording of a special live Colin McEnroe show about musicians making spirituality into art. That two-hour event was pared down to a little less than an hour and aired on Colin’s WNPR show.


The show was taped at the Copper Beech Institute Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center. Warren and I were joined by three other Connecticut musicians whose art is informed by their spiritual lives, Tina Colon, Arunan Arulampalam, and Noah Baerman.


Interested? The show is now a podcast that you can listen to. Here’s the link:

Playing with The Afro-Semitic Experience at the URJ Biennial 2017

Klezmer Jam Concert Review

During my September Klezmer jam at the Outer Space Stephen Urchik, from the New Haven Arts Paper swung by and hung out for the entire two hour set. He then wrote this review, A Set in the Garden of Eden, about our performance.  Check it out!!

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David Chevan and Matt DeChamplain at Fornarelli's

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Fornarelli's Ristorante, 99 Orange Street, New Haven

Saturday night, June 16, I will be hosting my monthly jazz jam at Fornarelli’s in New Haven. I’ll be joined by pianist (and new dad) Matt DeChamplain. Music starts at 6:30 and we’re playing till 9:30. Musicians and singers are welcome to join us and sit in. We are open to most styles and all levels of skill. I love to jam so please feel free to join in the music. Fornarelli’s Ristorante is located at 99 Orange Street in downtown New Haven.


Rabbi Brockman's last service

Congregation Mishkan Israel, 785 Ridge Road, Hamden, CT 06517

On Friday, June 29 I will be leading the Nu Haven Kapelye in a special Klezmer service at Mishkan Israel in Hamden. This is no ordinary service. It’s a special service for me, my family, many of my friends and for many of us in the greater New Haven Jewish community. Rabbi Herbert Brockman is retiring from Mishkan Israel and that evening Rabbi Brockman will be leading his final service. For me this service is at best bitter sweet. Publicly and privately Rabbi Brockman is an extraordinary person with a profound commitment to social justice. For me and for my family he has been a friend, a leader, a mentor and someone I have had the honor to accompany musically on the pulpit many, many times. I’ve already been planning the music for the evening and I have got a few surprises lined up. I hope you can join us for this very special musical farewell to Rabbi Brockman. Services begin at 6:00 p.m. Congregation Mishkan Israel is located at 785 Ridge Road in Hamden, Connecticut.