Best Contemporary Instrumental Album

For Your Consideration


 David  fogel Bio

David Fogel was born in San Diego, California. He started on piano at age 5, saxophone at age 7, and guitar at age 14. Trained classically on piano by his grandma, he performed in school orchestras and recitals, but he eventually followed his father's musical direction into jazz and developed into a regular performer in the San Diego area in 1994. Blossoming in the peak time and location for smooth/contemporary jazz, David was influenced by legendary composers and performers such as David Benoit and Dave Koz and the stylings played on FM98.1.  "I also had a penchant for seeing small club performers," David noted, "particularly when I was traveling for other work." David's professional career outside of music has focused on artificial intelligence research. He has a Ph.D. in engineering, an honorary doctorate from University of Pretoria, and is a multiple-award winning scientist, with over 200 invited lectures and 8 books to his name. David also has a passion for astronomy. After watching the total eclipse in 2017 from Rexburg, Idaho, David composed an orchestral score to a music video of the event. It earned him his first Telly Award and the video was played in 40 planetariums around the world. David earned his second Telly Award this year for a composition accompanying NASA HD footage of the sun, which also was distributed to planetariums. 


Back in the Groove (2019) is David's first full length LP jazz album. David performs on piano, keyboards, sax, and guitar, and is supported on various tracks by Jim Weiss (sax), Hank Easton (guitar), and Gary Gray (drums/percussion).  David is currently at work on his second jazz LP and also composing short orchestral symphonies aimed for attracting younger audiences to symphonic music. David can be contacted at

*    *    *

"Few living musicians today can realistically claim the ability to fill the shoes of legendary composers who came before them. Not that David Fogel would do such a thing. He's much too humble. And yet the claim is real. If not from his lips, then from my fingers on this keyboard to you I make the claim loud and clear.


With Back in the Groove, David presents 10 original compositions following his early jazz influences of David Benoit, The Rippingtons, Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, and Nelson Rangell. Each tune brings the listener into the melody and presents teamwork between all players. In addition, bass guitar aficionados will certainly appreciate David’s innovative use of advanced bass lines and solos. David performs all piano and keyboards on the album, as well as saxophone on all tracks with the exception of Colors of Life and guitar on Time to Get Up.


David has a unique affinity for creating jazz melodies that resonate with diverse audiences, young and old. I know his tunes will resonate with you too.


It appears I'm not the only one who feels the same way about David. David is also an accomplished and award-winning orchestral composer, winning two Telly Awards and creating orchestral scores for space-related videos that have played in planetariums internationally. He’s also a recognized songwriter in the UK Songwriting Contest.  

As accomplished as David has become in the music industry, his contributions are even more amazing when you consider that he happens to also be a pioneering award-winning AI scientist – he was even the basis for a question on the game show Jeopardy! (You can look him up on Wikipedia.)

And so it is very easy to bestow upon David the elite rank of True Renaissance Man. But I don't need to tell you to enjoy his music. His music speaks for itself. I hope you will give David Fogel’s Back in the Groove the consideration it deserves in the category of Best Contemporary Instrumental Album."

Gary Gray

Award-Winning Composer/Producer/Engineer



David Fogel




©2019 David Fogel.