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Pianist, composer and lyricist, Dave Bass, is a great American success story that reads like a riveting bio-pic script. This Cincinnati kid began piano lessons at age seven, and shortly after graduating high school, played in bands that opened for Captain Beefheart and Alice Cooper. He was soon accepted into Boston’s Berklee College of Music, leaving after just a few months to study piano with the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff. Madame schooled him and other young, immensely talented jazz artists as Keith Jarrett, Leonard Bernstein, Steve Kuhn and Kenny Werner, who understood the importance of developing a signature sound and style. Chaloff taught in the “Russian Technique” – a unique tool for tone production and musical articulation. A typical lesson might not go beyond using a “weightless wrist” to correctly play a single note. While in Boston, he also studied composition with George Russell and Avram David, again formed his own band, worked a variety of commercial gigs, serendipitously landing a great stint as Brenda Lee’s pianist, leaving Boston behind for multiple tours of Japan, Singapore and Malaysia.

During the ’70s and early ’80s, now living in the Bay Area, Dave supported his growing family as a full time musician. Immersed in the vibrant San Francisco jazz and Latin music scene, he led his own group playing often with friends Bobby McFerrin, drummer Babatunde Lea, jazz vocalist Jackie Ryan and others at the legendary Keystone Korner and other well known venues on the scene. In 1981, Jackie Ryan invited Dave to play a jazz gig with her in Maui, which led to his becoming Entertainment Director at the Royal Lahaina Hotel.

In the mid-80s, after a random slip and fall on the way to a gig caused a seriously damaging wrist fracture, doctors did not offer a promising prognosis for him to ever play piano again. With his beloved music career no longer an option, and with a wife and young daughter to support, Dave enrolled at the University of California, Irvine, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. He moved on to UCLA School of Law becoming an Editor of the UCLA Law Review and began his legal career in 1992 with a prestigious commercial firm, Pillsbury Madison & Sutro, now called Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. In 1996 Dave accepted a position as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Office of the Attorney General, where he eventually joined the Civil Rights Enforcement, where he was honored with the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement.

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Dave Bass: The Trio Vol. 2

Read "The Trio Vol. 2" reviewed by Maurizio Zerbo


The Trio Vol. 2 è un atto d'amore nei confronti del piano trio jazzistico, riproposto in chiave mainstream contemporanea. Leader di una delle formazioni più classiche per un pianista, Dave Bass propone qui una consolidata formula che travalica tempo e mode senza inutili virtuosismi. È davvero ammirevole la sua raffinatezza di fraseggio, che fa da volano a una superba lezione di swing e musicalità. La forza di questo CD risiede anche nel dinamico interplay di un ragguardevole trio ...

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Dave Bass: The Trio Vol. 3

Read "The Trio Vol. 3" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The life of any jazz musician is precarious and the road to that life is often compromised by unexpected misadventures. Just ask pianist Dave Bass. After completing piano studies with renowned teacher Madame Margaret Chaloff, and composition with George Russell, he began playing firstly around San Francisco but subsequently moved to Southern California. One day on his way to a gig, Bass fell and so damaged his wrist that he was told he would never play piano again. Thus he ...

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Dave Bass: The Trio, Vol. 3

Read "The Trio, Vol. 3" reviewed by Troy Dostert


For its third installment, pianist Dave Bass' regular working group has produced another worthwhile document drawing on Bass' many influences, and showing that he also has plenty of his own creativity to offer. Once again accompanied by bassist Kerry Kashiwagi and drummer Scott Gordon, and a few cameos from guitarist Barry Finnerty, the pianist proves his mettle as an agile and thoughtful interpreter of the jazz repertoire. Just a few bars into the beguiling opener, “As Long as ...

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Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Read "No Boundaries" reviewed by Rob Rosenblum


While No Boundaries is technically led by pianist Dave Bass, it seems that the company is kind of burying the lead. The real headliner here is the multi talented Ted Nash. Nash certainly has a jazz pedigree, with both a father and an uncle who were top notch performers themselves. Nash has also been a frequent member of the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis. The back story on Bass is that he was ...

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Dave Bass: No Boundaries

Read "No Boundaries" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki


In 2015, Dave Bass retired from the Office of the Attorney General of California after twenty years of service and returned to his first professional love—playing the piano, a career that a wrist injury forced him to abandon about thirty years ago. No Boundaries is the third release, and second for Whaling City Sound, in Bass' comeback. “My first two CDs were recorded while I was still working as a lawyer, during whatever vacation time I could amass," he explains. ...

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Benny Goodman & Paul Chambers

Read "Benny Goodman & Paul Chambers" reviewed by Joe Dimino


After a long break from the world of jazz, California-based Pianist & Composer Dave Bass is back with a new album that is charting very well called No Boundaries. That begins yet another look into jazz with Episode 616 and digging further into the modern and old worlds of jazz. On our journey to discover the new music out there, we profile Avishai Cohen, Doug Carn, Brandon Robertson and Ryan Keberle. And in between, we dip into the older worlds ...

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Dave Bass: NYC Sessions

Read "NYC Sessions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky


Life has a funny way of bringing us back to what we love. Need proof? Just look at Dave Bass. After starting on a musical path in Cincinnati, heading to Berklee for a spell, studying with George Russell and Madame Margaret Chaloff, touring with vocalist Brenda Lee, and setting up shop in the Bay Area, where he had an opportunity to perform with stars-to-be like Bobby McFerrin, Bass walked away from music. After fracturing his wrist and hearing that he ...

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Pianist/Composer Dave Bass Follows Up His Critically Acclaimed Trio Albums With 'The Trio-Vol. 3'

Pianist/Composer Dave Bass Follows Up His Critically Acclaimed Trio Albums With 'The Trio-Vol. 3'

Source: Mouthpiece Music

The Trio – Vol. 3, the newest recording by pianist and composer Dave Bass, is a lyrical, freewheeling buffet of solid originals together with an eclectic assortment of compositions ranging from the American Songbook to the jazz songbook to a Piazzolla tango. This is Bass’ sixth CD as a leader and follows The Trio – Vol. 2 (2022), The Trio – Vol. 1 (2021), No Boundaries (2019), NYC Sessions (2015), and Gone (2012). Glide Magazine calls Vol. 2, “an unending ...

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Dave Bass' New Album, 'The Trio Vol. 2,' Will Be Released On June 17

Dave Bass' New Album, 'The Trio Vol. 2,' Will Be Released On June 17

Source: GoMedia PR

On June 17, Dave Bass, whose four previous recordings have received accolades from Downbeat, Jazz Times, All About Jazz and Jazz Journal, among many others, will release his second album with his Trio, simply titled The Trio Vol. 2. Bass says that Vol. 2 elevates everything the Trio did on Vol. 1 to a new level. It's a deeper, more mature effort by the Trio regarding the three things that made Vol. 1 a success: the wide spectrum of styles, ...

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All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: October 2021

All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: October 2021

Source: All About Jazz

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the tracks featured in October, these ten represent our reader's favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Tracks Un Poco Loco Dave Bass From: The Trio Vol. 1 5:18 The Reset Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band From: The Reset ...

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All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: September 2021

All About Jazz Top 10 Tracks: September 2021

Source: All About Jazz

All About Jazz features a free song every day spanning all genres of jazz, and of the tracks featured in September, these ten represent our reader's favorites as indicated by total listens. Musicians and record labels can submit full length MP3s for consideration here. Enjoy! Top Tracks Un Poco Loco Dave Bass From: The Trio Vol. 1 5:18 Clinomania Yi Yunseon From: Clinomania 05:44 A Lisbon Song

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'The Trio, Vol. 1' Is The Unique And Captivating New Release By Pianist/Composer Dave Bass

'The Trio, Vol. 1' Is The Unique And Captivating New Release By Pianist/Composer Dave Bass

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Pianist Dave Bass says, “On my first three CD's I was lucky to have jazz greats like Phil Woods, Ted Nash, Ernie Watts}} and Ignacio Berroa record my instrumental compositions and stunning stylists like Mary Stallings and Karrin Allyson record my lyrics. Now, however, it's time to enter the demanding and revealing world of the piano trio. In addition to five new originals (which include my love affair with the Afro-Cuban tradition), I've chosen music associated with, or composed by, ...

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Dave Bass Hits #15 Jazz Week - All-Star Band with Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez & More!

Dave Bass Hits #15 Jazz Week - All-Star Band with Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez & More!

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Dave Bass No Boundaries Whaling City Sound Hits #15 on JazzWeek charts! Everyone's got a story to tell, but chances are that few have one like Dave Bass. Just out of high school in jny: Cincinnati, Bass played in bands opening for Captain Beefheart and Alice Cooper. He went onto study piano with the legendary teacher Madame Chaloff (who taught Leonard Bernstein, Steve Kuhn, Kenny Werner and others) and then to touring the world as Brenda ...

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Pianist Dave Bass Busy In California - New CD No Boundaries Climbing The Charts

Pianist Dave Bass Busy In California - New CD No Boundaries Climbing The Charts

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Composer * Pianist * Arranger Dave Bass No Boundaries (Whaling City Sound 116) Amazon 5-Star Review! Climbing the Jazz Week Charts! International Airplay! Release Features: Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez, Jerome Jennings & More! Amazon 5-Star Review! “The saying goes that everyone's got a story to tell. But chances are good that few, if any, have the kind of story Dave Bass has. (Bass pronounced as in “bass fishing".) Without resorting ...

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Pianist, Composer, Arranger Dave Bass Releases No Boundaries, Featuring Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez, Jerome Jennings & More!

Pianist, Composer, Arranger Dave Bass Releases  No Boundaries, Featuring Ted Nash, Karrin Allyson, Carlos Henriquez, Jerome Jennings & More!

Source: Scott Thompson Public Relations

Release date: August 2, 2019 The saying goes that everyone's got a story to tell. But chances are good that few, if any, have the kind of story Dave Bass has. Without resorting to detail, Bass's rebirth as a jazz musician after decades away from the art is nothing short of astonishing. Having retired from the Office of the Attorney General of California back in 2015, Bass is back at the piano, where he promises to keep the torch burning ...

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Dave Bass Says: Go Inside And Outside

Dave Bass Says: Go Inside And Outside

Source: Scott Feldman

After the 2015 release of Dave Bass’ NYC Sessions (Whaling City Sound), pianist and composer Dave Bass learned quickly how the venue influences the performance. “When we played at a traditional jazz club like Kitano in NYC, we could bring vocalist Karrin Allyson plus a quartet and make a big sound. But smaller gigs at places like Piedmont Piano Company in jny: Oakland led me to doing just a piano/sax duo—in that case with Greg Abate. It’s both challenging and ...

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Dave Bass TV appearance; NPR interview; Sacramento Bee article; 6/26 concert

Dave Bass TV appearance; NPR interview; Sacramento Bee article; 6/26 concert

Source: David Bass

Wed. 6/22 at 9 a.m. Dave and vocalist Ann Roach will be performing Dave's songs on KXTV, Channel 10's Sacramento & Company. Dave will also be interviewed. Friday, 6/24 at 10 a.m., Dave will be interviewed by Jeffrey Callison on Insight on KXJZ, 90.9 or streaming at www.Capradio.org. Friday, 6/24. Sacramento Bee will have feature article on Dave. Sunday, 6/26, 5 p.m. at JB's lounge, sponsored in part by the California Lawyers for the Arts. $10 admission. Five great singers ...

“In NYC Sessions, a picture of a confident and versatile pianist-composer emerges. Bass can shoulder the weight of a song, deliver a rhapsodic introduction before fading into the fabric of the music, support and assist singers as they cast their spells, run with the baton when the solo spots arrive, and be a team player when the music calls for it.” —Dan Bilawsky, All About Jazz

“Head’s up for a too cool alert. A piano man gives it up to go practice law. Ho hum? Not here, this cat broke his wrist and had a family to support. What happens when the kids grow up and you find your chops are coming back? You head east to tear it up with Phil Woods, Karrin Allyson and other luminaries for a date that just shines with all that light pouring through it. A wonderfully swinging date that feels just like the old school dates that lit up your jazzbo lights in the first place. A killer, unexpected set that comes in from left field with all deliberate speed. Hot stuff." —Chris Spector, Midwest Record

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The Trio Vol. 3

Dave Bass Music
2023

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The Trio Vol. 2

Dave Bass Music
2022

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The Trio Vol. 1

Dave Bass Music
2021

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No Boundaries

Whaling City Sound
2019

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NYC Sessions

Whaling City Sound
2015

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Gone

Self Produced
2010

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Baltic Bolero

From: The Trio Vol. 2
By Dave Bass

Un Poco Loco

From: The Trio Vol. 1
By Dave Bass

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