David has been singing Jazz professionally for over 20 years. Since training at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, he continues to sing with some of the stars of the Jazz world today at some of the most exclusive venues, Jazz clubs and festivals worldwide such as:
Ronnie Scotts Jazz club, The National Concert Hall Dublin, The Grand Hyatt Doha, Qatar, The Royal Opera House London, The Kuala Lumpur Jazz Festival, Bristol Old Vic Theatre, 59E 59th St Theatre New York, The Waldorf Hotel, Grosvenor House, The Dorchester, The Royal Garden Hotel, The Grand Hotel Brighton, The Soho Theatre, The 606, Pizza Express Jazz Club Soho.
“With Frank Sinatra’s phrasing and a delivery all his own” - All About Jazz
Music is an integral part of any event. David evokes the sophistication and ambience of the classic Jazz era, from the Rat Pack and singers such a Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, to the hip Cool School of west coast legends such as Chet Baker and Tony Bennett
His debut jazz album, ”Just In Time” was “CD of the week” in The Guardian and his follow up album, with the Jim Mullen organ trio, was described by The Times jazz critic as “The spirit of Sinatra”. David’s albums have been favourably reviewed in The Times, The Guardian, Jazzwise, Jazz Journal, Jazz UK, Crescendo & Jazz Magazine, Musician Magazine, Jazz Rag, The Belfast Telegraph in the UK and in All About Jazz (USA & Worldwide).
"David doesn't seem to be following in anyone's footsteps. It's rare to find originality of that kind in a singer at the beginning of their career and it points to an interesting future." - Dave Gelley - The Guardian
David also sings alongside big bands such as the National Youth Jazz Orchestra (UK), the Skelton Skinner Allstar Big Band (UK), the RTE concert orchestra (Ireland) and Grammy award nominee John Wilson and his Orchestra (UK), famous for its contribution to Kevin Spacey’s film “Beyond The Sea” about the life of singer Bobby Darin.
David was interviewed on the Russell Davies Show on BBC Radio 2, as well as receiving airplay on the Jonathan Ross show and on various BBC Radio stations from the likes of Humphrey Lyttleton, Jacqui Dankworth, Clare Martin, David Jacobs, Desmond Carrington, Helen Mayhew, Walter Love, and Campbell Burnap.
"The listener realises this is a singer who has learned the art of the popular song and is creating his own palette with colourful shades of the past." - The Belfast Telegraph
David sang at our wedding and made the evening. From initial communications about what we would like him to sing, then to his professionalism on the day building up to a top notch performance that wowed our guests, I would not hesitate to book him time and time again. I have since seen him perform in Ronnie Scotts, The 606 Club and Pizza Express Soho proving that his is at the top of his game. More...
A true star! I first saw / heard David Tughan perform at a wedding and immediately booked him for my sister's 40th. He was an absolute joy to deal with - professional, accommodating and surprisingly humble for someone with such phenomenal talent. What a voice! Book him while you still can! More...
Dave Tughan’s voice alone is simply amazing - add this to his presence, charisma, talent, humour, good- looks, and unbelievable connection to the songs he sings- makes Dave Tughan a truly mind blowing artist. And .....then add in his ridiculous talent on the saxaphone.I have seen him perform countless times throughout the years and every time my spine tingles, my eyes prick with tears and my heart soars. I walk away elated.If you are lucky enough to hear about one of his gigs, buy a ticket and take everybody you know. Better still have a party and book him to perform. This artist should be amongst the stars. Thank you David Tughan. More...
Fabulous jazz singer!
Dave Tughan is such an incredible singer and all round entertainer. I've seen him at half a dozen live shows and every time it's different and memorable. His repertoire is broad, and he moves with ease from beautifully sung ballads like 'A nightingale sang in Berkeley Square' to more modern and uniquely arranged tunes like 'What's Goin' on'. His voice is so romantic and rich. Close your eyes and it's Frank singing. But he can really swing too, and there's some great arrangements. Using some clever technological trickery he managed to sing and create a wall of amazing live vocal harmonies and you'll never hear a more swinging and bonkers version of 'Route 66'. It's brilliant! He's also a really funny and warm host. I saw him compere a great wild night upstairs at Ronnie Scotts in Frith Street earlier this year. Highly recommended. More...
I recently saw David Tughan Upstairs at Ronnie Scotts and he blew me away. Very inventive and charismatic. Funk and Jazz was in da house that night.
I was lucky enough to enjoy David's performances live in a number of occasions. My favourites were at Ronnie Scott's, the ambience was ideal for his charismatic and innovative approach to jazz.
David is an amazing performer with a stunning voice. I've seen him perform at Ronnie Scott's on a number of occasions and he never disappoints. His vocal range is outstanding plus his charm and wit make for an unforgettable evening. More...
We just wanted to say a huge huge thank you for performing at our joint 60th birthday party. You exceeded our expectations in every way, you were fabulous and so accommodating with allowing us all to perform along side you.
We couldn’t have wished for a better evening and a lot of that was down to you. We would not hesitate to recommend you.
Wendy, Simone and all the dancing girls. More...
David our "Jazz Singer"was professional from start to finish.
His communication from the booking stages, mingling with guests at the event and his actual performance were excellent. Any questions I had, were answered speedily, his rapport with my guests which included all ages from 11 to 75+ was outstanding and everyone commented on the standard of his performance.
The Birthday Girl had a fabulous evening, enhanced by the Jazz Singer and I would have no hesitation in booking him again or recommending him to friends and family for theirs.