Bio


Since early childhood, music has been David's inspiration. His mother, the late Lessie Pankey relates that as an infant he would get excited each time he saw a piano. She would put him on her lap so he could stroke the keys! Mrs. Pankey was a wonderful pianist who was David's first teacher. She continued giving him musical tips as well as playing for family & friends until her death in April 2009.

Once the family bought a piano, he played non-stop. He had great support, since his mother and father always knew that his talent would take him far. She taught him Methodist church hymns. To this day David injects a little "gospel flair" in his jazz as a tribute to his mother.

Pankey spent much of his adult life as an employee of BellSouth Advertising & Publishing Corporation. He retired as Regional Manager in 2002 after returning to Charlotte from Atlanta, Georgia.

Now, David has realized his dream as a jazz pianist. His limited edition CD release "Out of the Box" received rave reviews in 2003/2004.

Since then, he credits more than 100 performances, including concerts and jazz festivals. Other venues include performances for the prestigious Quail Hollow Club and it's members, Charlotte City Club, Queens University Learning Society, HeartBright Foundation, Myers Park Country Club, Auntie Karen Foundation and many others on a recurring basis.

David's inspiration continues to be his music, however; his predominant inspiration in addition to his mother is his wife Jeanette, who provides great support and is the catalyst for his musical creativity.

Latest Performances


December 13, 2019
7-10 pm
Northwestern Mutual Holiday Party
Quail Hallow Club Ballroom (Private Event)
December 14, 2019
4-6 pm
Holiday Concert at Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
5780 Allison Creek Rd, York, SC
February 09, 2020
Doors open at 3:30
Middle C Jazz-Bill Hannah Appreciation Show
300 South Brevard St. Charlotte, NC
February 16, 2020
Afternoon
Middle C Jazz/ Private Afternoon Event
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC (Private Event)
February 18, 2020
5:30 pm-7:30 pm
Middle C Jazz/ Private Afternoon Event- Piano Solo
300 South Brevard Street Charlotte, NC (Private Event)
February 22, 2020
4pm - 6pm
Lee and Amy Bonacum Gala Culinary Event with Friends
not available (Private Event)
March 28, 2020
5pm-7pm
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
5780 Allison Creek Rd. York SC
May 07, 2020
7PM
Middle C Jazz
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC
May 30, 2020
6-8 PM
Lee and Amy Bonacum Gala Birthday Party
not available (Private Event)
June 04, 2020
7:30 pm
Middle C Jazz (Trio Event)
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC
June 05, 2020
7 PM
Middle C Jazz (Trio Event)
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC
June 06, 2020
7 PM
Middle C Jazz (Trio Event)
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC
August 27, 2020
7 PM
Middle C Jazz (Trio Event)
300 S. Brevard St Charlotte, NC
October 24, 2020
2-3:30 pm Doors open at 1
Allison Creek Presbyterian Church
5780 Allison Creek Rd., York, SC