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David Cook

Musical Director, Keys and Piano

David Cook is an accomplished pianist and composer. He first performed with Taylor when she performed on board the Royal Caribbean’s “Allure of the Seas” in Cozumel, Mexico on January 21, 2011. He has worked as the Musical Director for Taylor’s concert tours ever since. Additionally, until 2023 he was also the band’s masterful pianist.

Pianist, composer and Musical Director David Cook was born on August 12 in San Diego to a musical family and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Now living in New York City, he has enjoyed a varied career of performing, recording and producing. He is married to Shayna Steele.

A graduate of the University of Michigan school of music, David has Music Directed and/or played for many notable artists, including Taylor, Thomas Rhett, Ben Platt, Maren Morris, Shoshana Bean, Lizz Wright, Jennifer Husdon, Kesha, Utada Hikaru, Halsey, NSYNC, Billy Porter, Tei Shi and Shayna Steele. He has also played piano in jazz groups led by drummers Mark Guiliana and Red Baraat’s Sunny Jain, guitarist Greg Howe, saxophonists Adam Kolker and Bob Reynolds as well as trombonist Alan Ferber.

David has released two critically acclaimed records as a leader on the Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records label, Pathway (2010) and Scenic Design (2015).

David is a member of the faculty at Montclair State University as adjunct professor of jazz at the John J. Cali school of music. He also represented the United States in 2008 and 2017 with ensembles through Jazz at Lincoln Center and the U.S. State Department. Those travels included Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Yemen, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, giving performances and clinics to audiences across the regions.

Visit David’s website here.

General Information
BornAugust 12
San Diego, California, USA
ResidenceNew York City, USA
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
FacultyMontclair State University
SpouseShayna Steele