DAVE BENNETT www.davebennett.com
America’s Roots of Pop Multi-Instrument Performing Phenomenon
A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays
electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere
saluting The Roots of Pop: covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly
and Country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.
Entirely self-taught, Dave began at age 10 on clarinet listening
to and quickly playing along with Benny Goodman records.
At 12 he was invited by legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham to
the bandstand of New York’s famous Sweet Basil jazz club. By 14
he was out frequently touring around the USA with Michigan’s
New Reformation Dixieland Band. Later self-taught instruments
were the electric guitar and “boogie-woogie” style piano.
Dave is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of
Benny Goodman. Leading his Tribute to Benny Goodman, Dave has been a
featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has
played the program with 50 other US and Canadian orchestras including
Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando,
San Antonio, Jacksonville, Houston, Portland, OR and Portland, ME.
Seventy-five performing arts centers across the USA have featured Dave’s performances.
An annual fixture at a dozen American music festivals, Dave’s “Rockin the ‘50s”
show always brings down the house. Dave pays tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis (piano and vocals),
and Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley (electric guitar and vocals). Dave’s original
compositions are influenced by the style of Roy Orbison, the “Soul of Rock and Roll”.
Some of his annual “roots music” presenters include The Sacramento Music Festival,
The Southern Oregon Music Festival, The Central Illinois Jazz Festival, The Clambake
Jazz Festival, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. Dave performs at The Grand Hotel
Jazz Weekend every Labor Day on Mackinac Island. Dave’s “Swing to Rock” Roots Music
show premiers as a symphony pops program April 2016 with The Kingston Symphony Orchestra. (ON)
Dave has been featured on NPR Radio’s “Jazz at Riverwalk.” He made his European debut
in 2008 at the Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in a combo with jazz legends
(and Benny Goodman band alumni) guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and vibraphonist, the late Peter Appleyard.
Dave is a Mack Avenue Records artist. His 2013 CD “Don’t Be That Way”
met with critical acclaim. His second CD , slated for 2016 release is currently in production
featuring original compositions influenced by Dave’s appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel, and pop.
“Dave Bennett is one of the finest performers I have had the pleasure of working with. There is no doubt
he is one of the greatest clarinetists of our time.”
ANDREW LANE: Principal Pops Conductor, Orlando Philharmonic; Pops Conductor, Sarasota Orchestra
"Audiences completely blown away…a remarkable talent of genius proportions . . . wonderfully engaging charts"
THOMAS WILKINS; Music Director, Omaha Symphony; Resident Conductor, Detroit Symphony; Principal Guest Conductor, The Hollywood Bowl Orchestra