David Sturdevant is a long time local musician with deep roots in the diverse art and music communities of the Bay Area. Renown for his mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonica, this guitar maestro is also a popular vocalist, teacher and music director from his home in Oakland, California. He is the founding member of several dynamic, multi-cultural and multi-generational groups, including one of the most fun ensemble acts anywhere [Medicine Ball], tours with his New Orleans Swing duo [Stafford & Sturdevant] locally and abroad, and actively engages audiences everywhere with his unique wit, charm and musicality.
A New York transplant who followed his heart to San Francisco and fell in love with the transformational power of music, David quickly carved out his own place in the hippest clubs, cafes and venues in Northern California. Connecting with a handful of local musicians, they started playing for tips to locals and tourists on the streets of San Francisco, at Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square. Quickly building a reputation as a self taught multi-instrumentalist with a flair for the soulful sounds of New Orleans, it wasn't long before David started The Medicine Ball and the music has been rolling ever since.
Touted as one of the hardest working musicians in the Bay Area with ties to the biggest names in entertainment [Pee Wee Ellis, Randy Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elton John, John Lee Hooker], David consistently assembles the very best performers for what has become the signature of the Medicine Ball Band - a rotating lineup of new and familiar faces hand picked Grammy-Award winners, Blues Hall of Fame inductees, and plenty of soulful good time music done right.
Whether an ensemble with the full Medicine Ball in Martinez at a hip dance club to ring in the new year, or a cool Jazz club with fellow local notable Mister Clarinet John Stafford as Stafford & Sturdevant, or at the center of his popular Trio Davide featuring Italian arias and ample selections from the Great American Songbook in Napa Valley wine country with Dave Miotke and special guests ~ David Sturdevant is an eclectic artist with a distinct style, a passion for entertaining and a special talent for bringing together energetic, soulful musicians for big fun locally and abroad.