Donald V Pender
555 John Muir Drive Suite B 503
San Francisco, CA 94132
1st Villanova Jazz Festivals with Tuffs University Jazz Band under the direction of
Charlie Mariano. Finished in top ten in Stan Kenton clinics at Indiana University and
University of Connecticut. Recorded 3 albums with Berklee School of Music recording band
under the direction of Herb Pomeroy. Finish top ten in class of 1969 Berklee School of
Music , received outstanding achievement award at North Redding High School for directing
Concert Jazz Band in state wide competition. Voted number one Jazz instructor for Lab Band
1970. Received Silver Record for selling over twenty-five thousand L.P.s in Europe
for tenth album "SANDRA JEAN," on his own label, Sandon Records SD-1001.
Nominated for Grammy 1987 "Jazz Instrumentalists" of the year for Europe and
Japan. Since coming to San Francisco in 1985 has played in several top Jazz Clubs and been
studying Oboe and English Horn with Jim Matherson, Principle Oboist with the San Francisco
Opera. Has recorded SD-1002-1007. His latest three are BY-PASS 1V SD-1005, HARDING PARK
SD-1006 , STORYVILLE SD-1007.
Played with his own Quartet at Milestones San Francisco, Pier 47 Jazz
Club, and Jazz
Workshop San Francisco. Played in North Sea Jazz Festival, Kool Jazz Festival, Montreaux
Festival(Switzerland) Nice Festival (France) and several Jazz Clubs all over Europe and
United States. Has album out "APRIL IN COPENHAGEN" with Kenny Drew, Neils
Henning Orsted Pederson, and Al Levit recorded in April 1984,Copenhagen. Recorded his 11th
album in San Francisco, August 1986 on Valentine Records VR-1118 titled
"DANIELLE" which Don wrote for his daughter, Danielle, with strings. Has played
with Bobby Hutcherson, George Cables, Horace Parlan, Ed Thigpen, Ernie Wilkins, Richie
Cole, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Freddie Hubbard , Lionel Hampton , Buddy Rich, Les Brown,
Idress Sulliman, Max Roach, Howard Roberts, Billy Higgins, Kenny Clark. Played and
recorded with Buddy Rich Band, Lionel Hampton, Les Brown and his "Band of
Renown" on the Dean Martin show, Johnny Carson, Merv Griffin , and Dick Cavett T.V.
shows. Has done national radio and television shows here and abroad and currently has live
video out with Horace Parlan and Ed Thigpen done in Copenhagen, Denmark. Presently
residing in San Francisco and working , writing , and recording with his own Quartet.
Taught at the " Conservatory of Copenhagen" in Denmark with Thad Jones
1980-1985. In 1995 Don designed Storyville "a classic Jazz Club" and restaurant in
San Francisco. He has had Jazz greats such as Elvin Jones , James Moody , Jon Faddis , Roy
Hardgrove , Walace Roney, George Cables and many others teach and performed at
Storyville. Don started JEF "JAZZ EDUCATION FRIENDS " A non-profit. program for
young adults who are interested in learning about Jazz. Don would take the most promising
students and form Jazz Quintets and teach them everything he knows about Jazz .
Attended Berklee School of Music 1965-69 , Boston University , 1970-71 , Indiana
University , University of Connecticut , and University of West Virginia ( Stan Kenton
Clinics ) during summers 1966-69. Received B.M. , B.A., Degrees from Berklee School of
Music 1969. Received M.A. in Music education from Boston University 1970.
REFERENCES (ON REQUEST)
Lionel Hampton, Les Brown, Charlie Mariano, Joseph Viola, Ed Thigpen, Horace Parlan, Ernie
Wilkins, Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, George Cables, Ron Carter, Richard Davis, Richie
Cole, John Handy, Buddy Montgomery, Eugene Wright, Elvin Jones, James Moody, Jon Faddis
and Clint Eastwood .