As a college student, David Young turned down Wynton Marsalis' invitation to join the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, to finish his degree at Northwestern University. While at NU (and since), he's been very busy. At age 21, Young released his first album featuring his own jazz quintet, New Republic, which amazed audiences and led to winning the title of Chicagoan of the Year (Chicago Tribune) in 2001. The Chicago Sun-Times called Young "never less than enthralling," while the Chicago Tribune's Howard Reich wrote, "To see this poised and gifted young man seduce an audience. . . was to witness the emergence of a potentially major jazz artist." Young's diverse musical background includes both jazz and classical training, and his expressive range (and clarity of tone) has set him apart from his peers. Young has been a featured soloist with the Ensemble Stop-Time, and the New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. He has also performed with Malachi Thompson’s Africa Brass, the Jazz Institute of Chicago's BeBop Brass and Chicago Jazz Ensemble, and has shared stages with Roy Hargrove, Marcus Roberts, and Danilo Perez. Young has been a member of Nicole Mitchell’s Black Earth Ensemble since 2005.