David Sturdevant


David Sturdevant

Bay Area Music Legend | Guitarist

San Francisco | Oakland | Napa | Los Angeles

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David Sturdevant


David Sturdevant

Bay Area Music Legend | Guitarist

San Francisco | Oakland | Napa | Los Angeles

Book David For Your Event

Private Events Performer

Band Leader | Guitar | Vocals
Jazz | Blues | Funk


David Sturdevant is renown for his mastery of the diatonic and chromatic harmonica, driving rhythm section guitar and impassioned vocals. A composer & songwriter, David is also a celebrated educator and mentor from his home in Oakland. He has been music director at Plymouth Church of Jazz & Justice for over 20 years. He formed the highly acclaimed San Francisco Medicine Ball Band 46 years ago which continues to host many award winning performers. 
David has with ties to some of the biggest names in entertainment [Pee Wee Ellis, Randy Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elton John, John Lee Hooker], David consistently engages audiences everywhere with his unique wit, charm and musicality.

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Medicine Ball Band


medicine ball band

Bay Area Music Staple

Oakland, CA

R&B | Jazz | Americana | Rock | Soul

Band Website

Medicine Ball Band


medicine ball band

Bay Area Music Staple

Oakland, CA

R&B | Jazz | Americana | Rock | Soul

Band Website

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Each one of the artists that we have the good fortune of working with pursue their own creative, innovative projects. We highlight these endeavors below. 


The Medicine Ball is an eclectic Bay Area ensemble featuring a revolving line-up of all star entertainers brought together from around the world by founder and bandleader David Sturdevant.  Known for his unique pairings of award winning multi-instrumentalists and first class vocalists, David delivers Swinging Americana, Jazz and R&B hits nightly without ever losing touch with a band that started playing for tips on the streets of San Francisco.  The Medicine Ball performs across the Bay and around the world, uniting audiences from all walks and interests with feel good music infused with the heart and soul of New Orleans.

David Sturdevant creates a unique arrangement of the band for every show and performs at festivals, community events, clubs, and restaurants through out Northern California.  

I want to continue playing live of course, but I also want to finish recording my next EP of original songs and release it. I’d also like to collaborate more with other local artists as a lyricist.
— David Sturdevant of The Medicine Ball Band

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