Rockin' the 50's

Michigan clarinet phenomenon Dave Bennett debuts his new show – “Rockin’ the 50s” – featuring the music of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry and more – all interwoven with clarinet standards that make his talent shine.

Not merely an accomplished clarinetist, “Rockin’ the 50s” explores the depth of talent of this 28-year-old master musician.  Highlighting his talents on piano and even vocals, this is a show that will keep your audience of all ages enthralled.

Backed with talented percussionist Doug Cobb and bassist Kurt Krahnke, this is a powerful trio that will amaze your audience with their versatility and camaraderie. 

Regarding this show, Dave states: “This is something I've wanted to do for years.  My favorite period of American music and fashion is the 1950s.  I love Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Roy Orbison and have always wanted to have a band that played their songs. My chance has finally arrived."


The music of the 1950s connects the audience to a simpler time – the birth of rock and roll and a period of nostalgia for many.  This music translates across generations as an uplifting and heartwarming trip down memory lane.  

Audience reaction to this concert format has been astounding.  Be sure to leave room for dancing in your venue – because your patrons will be moved to MOVE to the songs that they know and love as performed by this multi-talented virtuoso.


DAVE BENNETT - Michigan clarinetist DAVE BENNETT, is an authentic musical prodigy (totally self-taught) who brings to life the classic sound and music of BENNY GOODMAN (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness. Truly a “young phenom,” Dave resides in Waterford, Michigan, (born May 18, 1984 in Pontiac, MI) and began playing at age 10 on a clarinet given to him by his grandparents. He then taught himself how to play Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather.  (see more)



Drummer Douglas Cobb of Saginaw has played professionally for thirty-five years. Early in his career he worked for fifteen years on the Delta Queen and Mississippi Queen river boats based in New Orleans.

Doug then moved to Orlando Florida where he performed at the Rosie O’Grady’s Good-time Emporium for another fifteen years. Doug also worked at Disney World, frequently playing at the Grand Floridian Hotel. Returning to Michigan in 2000, Doug is now the regular drummer of The Dave Bennett Quartet  which has performed at The San Diego Jazz Festival, The Detroit International Jazz Festival, The Elkhart Jazz Fest and others.



Bassist Kurt Krahnke is a graduate of the Berkley College of Music, but also studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. He toured the east coast with Ron Levy for two years and then returned to Detroit, where he taught with the Summer Music Program under the direction of Wendell Harrison. Since his return to Michigan, Krahnke has played with Phil Lasley, Jimmy Giuffre, Joe Henderson, Sonny Fortune, Pinetop Perkins, Russell Green, and toured and recorded with Leon Thomas. In 1989, Kurt performed as a finalist in the Hennessey Jazz Search in Hollywood, CA, with the Steve Wood/Brad Felt Quintet. Krahnke played and toured with the acclaimed JC Heard Orchestra from 1986-89 and received the Best Jazz Bassist award from the Metro-Times. Kurt has recorded and played with Paul VornHagen for eight years and continues to serve as a mentor for young bassists in the region.

Upcoming Shows

03 May 2020 at Rochester Hills Public Library
15 May 2020 at Terrace Inn
16 May 2020 at Terrace Inn
29 May 2020 at Rec Bowl
30 May 2020 at All Saints Episcopal Church
03 Jun 2020 at First Congregational Church

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