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Dave Bennett doesn’t fit the mold.
For starters, you don’t find many jazz clarinet
players who name Alice Cooper, Stevie Ray
Vaughan, and Chris Isaak among their
influences. You won’t find many musicians
under 30 who are equally conversant with
the music of Benny Goodman (the “King of
Swing”) and Roy Orbison (“The Soul of Rock
and Roll”). In fact, you may not find even one other
clarinet virtuoso who occasionally breaks from his Swing Era
repertoire to sing rock-a-billy hits while accompanying himself at
the piano – where he plays a mean barrelhouse boogie-woogie.
In the early days of jazz, the clarinet joined with trumpet and
trombone to create the music’s signature sound, and it ruled the
roost in the Swing Era, when jazz was America’s popular music and
dance-party soundtrack. If anyone can return the clarinet to its heyday,
it’s Dave Bennett, who fuses serious jazz improvisation with a host of
modern pop influences. READ MORE