The last several years have been very exciting, productive and busy for Dave!
He is an active member of two active groups and is involved in several new album releases! Including a release due out in 2018 which was recorded at the famed Fantasy recording studios in Berkeley CA.
His latest “solo” release, Passage is an eclectic mix of “Jazz”, including Vocals, Modal, Latin Jazz, ECM and Modern. He thinks it’s his best effort yet!
Other recent releases include several groups Dave is a member of including
Phonograph Team Project, Morph, which received a glowing review from AllAboutJazz. “Phonograph Team Project has knocked one out right out of the park with Morph” – Tyran Grillo (All About Jazz)
Also, the Oakland California based, Orbital Quintet just released their debut album, Vol. 1 with very positive results.
Other notable releases include the now defunct “Cache”, Cache was an ongoing top recommended pick of CDBaby editors Cachet.
On the local gig front Dave has been really lucky to have been involved in recent underground jazz scene at “Berkeley Birdland Jazzista Social Club” in Berkeley California. With fellow musicians Eric Allen and Paul Lynch, drums and bass respectively, Dave was a core member of this original group and helped launched this bit of Berkeley lore. He is very thankful to have benefitted from weekly performances here for several years!
From his initial early training on classical guitar and his early pianistic attempts of trying copy Keith Jarrett (Koln Concert), “I would get inspired and sit at the piano and try to play and emulate the feeling of the “Koln” concerts”.
To his time spent living in Vermont, Boston, Chicago, New York playing everything from Hip Hop to Rock, backing singer-songwriters and being present in musical theatre orchestras, To his years spent playing and learning jazz, absorbing and appreciating the many sub genres of Jazz. Including Sonny Rollins, Hank Mobley, Pat Metheny, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green and Wes Montgomery. (To this day, in his appreciation of Wes Montgomery and Kevin Eubanks, Dave employs the use of his thumb and fingers exclusively, in place of a ‘pick’)
So although being a late bloomer, getting a late start in music at age 15, Dave is having more fun than ever and is finally able to combine his many varied musical influences into a cohesive end result and is very excited about what lies ahead!