Dave Chisholm is a trumpet player, songwriter, composer, bandleader, educator, and visual artist currently residing in Rochester, NY where he received his doctorate in jazz trumpet from the Eastman School of Music in 2013.
The breadth of Chisholm's artistic output is exemplified in a long string of widely varied projects including the big-band jazz of his debut album Radioactive (2010), the post-rock-meets-jazz-improvisation soundscapes on Calligraphy (2011), his soulful indie-rock singer-songwriter project Talking Under Water, the blistering straight-ahead jazz performed by Utah group John Henry, the upstart jazz big bands Salt Lake Alternative Jazz Orchestra and Colossus, to his numerous comic-related projects including his 2017 graphic novel + soundtrack Instrumental.
As a trumpet player, Dave has garnered international acclaim. In 2012, he performed six nights at the Umbria Jazz Festival as part of Ryan Truesdell's "Gil Evans: Centennial" project. In 2009, he was one of two recipients of the Downbeat Student Music Award for outstanding collegiate soloist. He has also received numerous accolades and awards at both the Reno Jazz Festival and the University of Northern Colorado Jazz Festival.
Dave wrote and illustrated his first graphic novel, LET'S GO TO UTAH!, in 2009, followed by short comics in MYSPACE DARK HORSE PRESENTS, and Locust Moon's Eisner Award-winning anthology, DREAM ANOTHER DREAM. He currently teaches Drawing at State University of New York at Brockport, Comics at Canisius College, a groundbreaking new course entitled Comics and Music at the Rochester Institute of Technology, as well as a variety of subjects at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance.
CANOPUS, his newest comics adventure—a 4-issue psychological sci-fi book exploring themes of identity, memory, resentment, and forgiveness, is being published by SCOUT COMICS in the year 2020.