David Boeddinghaus studied piano in his hometown New York City with Modena Scovill Lane, wife of the American composer Eastwood Lane. Shortly after graduating in 1983 from Indiana University with a Master’s degree in classical performance, he relocated to New Orleans to join singer and bandleader Banu Gibson as her band pianist and Music Director, a position he still holds. With Banu Gibson, Mr. Boeddinghaus has performed concerts, festivals and jazz parties worldwide. He has performed with the Boston Pops for their Millennium celebration; on public radio’s A Prairie Home Companion; and at the Hollywood Bowl.
He appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson while accompanying vocalist Leon Redbone. He was musical director and pianist for the award-winning documentary film Crumb about the legendary ‘underground comics’ cartoonist R. Crumb. He was Music Director and pianist for Jerome Savary’s Looking for Josephine, a musical stage play on Jazz Age performer Josephine Baker. The show opened in Paris at the Opera Comique and toured France, Spain, Germany, Lebanon and Belgium. David Boeddinghaus is a featured player with the Louisiana Repertory Jazz Ensemble and his musical travels have taken him from Beijing and Hong Kong to Berlin, Oslo, London, and Australia. Recently he toured with New Orleans clarinet legend Pete Fountain.