Adjunct Instructor of Music
David Ruffels holds a Master of Music Degree from the State University of New York at Purchase, New York, as well as a Bachelors in Jazz Performance from William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey, both internationally acclaimed jazz study programs.
While at William Paterson, David studied bass and improvisation with Rufus Reid and Dr. Todd Coolman. He continued his acoustic bass studies with Dr. Coolman while attending S.U.N.Y. Purchase, New York., as a Master of Music degree candidate in the spring of 2002.
David has also studied jazz bass with: Steve LaSpina, Ron McLure, Harvie S., John Goldsby, Kermit Driscoll, Jeff Fuller, Dave Santoro, and John Patitucci. David’s classical bass training has included studies with Robert Black and Linda McKnight.
Another recent recording project was the CD*: Contrast to the Madness, with the “InSpirit Quartet”, a group Dave founded in the winter 2003 with saxophonist Derrick James. The quartet also includes guitarist Scott Hesse and Drummer Ernie Colon. Contrast to the Madness is the group’s debut CD comprised of 10 original compositions written and arranged by the members of the quartet. The CD was produced by Todd Barken, artistic coordinator for “Jazz at Lincoln Center” in Manhattan, New York.
David’s career has included performances in New York City nightclubs such as: Arthur’s Tavern, the Gishen CafÈ, CafÈ Creole, Sanctuary, Palmiera, Augie’s, Smoke, the Garage, the Internet CafÈ, the Knitting Factory, the 55 Bar, S.O.B.’s, the Green Room, Visiones, the Blue Note, Zinno’s, The West Bank Cafe, Freddy’s, Smith’s, and No. 28., Perch, Flute, Jezebel's, Bar 4, New York Open Center, The Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Open Center, Central Synagogue, BRIC/Brooklyn Information & Culture studio, and on WBAI - 99.5fm.
Since the fall of 1998, David has been an Adjunct Instructor of Music at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury, Connecticut, teaching acoustic & electric jazz bass; classical bass; jazz combos; and jazz Improvisation. David has also taught both acoustic and electric bass at the University of Bridgeport in Bridgeport, Connecticut, as well as at the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York.