Dave was born in 1959 and began playing bass at the age of fifteen. He moved to New York City from his hometown, Dayton, Ohio, in 1983 to tour and record first with drummer Buddy Rich’s band and later with bandleader Woody Herman appearing on Hermann’ final recording Woody’s Gold Star (Concord Records).
Since moving to Los Angeles in 1989, Dave has appeared on over 250 CD recordings backing artists from many musical genres. He has recorded with some of the biggest names in pop music: Rod Stewart, Boz Scaggs, Barbra Striesand, Al Jareau and Sting with Andy Summers.
Primarily a jazz musician, Dave has performed and recorded with jazz greats Eddie Daniels, Clare Fischer, Kenny Werner, Toots Thielmans, Bill Holman, Hubert Laws and Billy Childs, to name a few.
He has worked extensively in the West Coast studio scene with luminaries like Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin and Larry Carlton and was a member of guitarist Allan Holdsworth’s trio for five years appearing on two of Allan’s most recent CDs, Sixteen Men of ‘Tain and Flat Tire (Polydor Records).
Dave has been a member of the Peter Erskine/Alan Pasqua trio for ten years touring, performing and contributing compositions to the group’s two CD releases
Live at Rocco’s and Badlands (Fuzzy Music). He recently performed with Peter Erskine and The Berlin Philharmonic under the direction of Sir Simon Rattle on composer Mark Anthony Turnage’s piece “Blood on the Floor” in Berlin and has performed the piece with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and BBC Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles and London respectively.
His film credits include soundtracks for dozens of films--most recently I Am Sam and The Italian Job for John Powell; Oceans Eleven for David Holmes; Alex and Emma for Mark Shaiman and Anger Management for Teddy Castalucci. Dave has been on the faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) Music Department for three years where he teaches part time between his busy recording and touring schedule.
Most recently, Dave has performed with Peter Erskine, Alan Pasqua and saxophonist Joe Lovano for Jazz at the Philharmonic in Berlin, with the W.D.R. Big Band and has recorded on Harvey Mason’s new trio CD with pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea.