Davey's impressive musical career has taken two distinct paths-those of accomplished performer and dedicated educator. With a Bachelor and Masters degree in education and performance respectively, his University studies have been augmented with private studies on flute with the venerable Frank Wess on flute and the ledendary Sonny stitt on saxophone. As a performer,bandleader,composer and arranger, he has worked with Keter Betts, Billy Eckstine,Buck Hill, Shirley Horn, Lena Horne and Joe Williams, to name a few. He has also collaborated with trumpet virtuoso Wynton Marsalis,performing on Marsalis'"MakingThe Music series on National Public Radio.(NPR) Davey also joined Wycliffe Gordon,Herlin Riley, Bill Easley and Reginald Veal on Gordons' arrangement for NPR's theme for the "All Things
Considered" talk show.
As an educator, Davey Yarborough returned to his Almer mater ,the University of The District of Columbia as music instructor and director of the stage band. In 1986 Davey was recruited to create the jazz studies program and build the Jazz orchestra at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts in Washington,DC now known as The New Washingtonians Jazz Orchestra. It is there at Ellingtonthat Davey, as chairman of instrumental music continues to nurture and mentoraspiring performers in this legacy.More on Davey Yarborough