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Dave Ness

David Ness, B.M. Northern Illinois University; M.M. Northwestern University, is a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Currently, Dave teaches at Libertyville High School. In the past he has taught at the College of Lake County, Northwestern University, and Carthage College. Dave is a sought- after clinician, having taught and presented clinics at many schools in the Illinois and Wisconsin area. Dave is featured on recordings on Southport Records and has arranged music for Danilo Perez, pianist; Shirley King, blues singer and daughter of B.B. King; and Judy Roberts, pianist and vocalist. One of his arrangements can be heard on Shirley King's album "Daughter of the Blues." His arrangements have also included three big band arrangements for Tom Tallman's jazz ensemble at the College of DuPage. His article on guitarist Freddie Green can be found in the November 1999 edition of the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. He regularly can be found performing in the Chicago area in classical, latin, and jazz groups. The Dave Ness Trio has released three albums, "Sketches," "Layers," and "Grooveness," all consisting of original compositions by Dave. www.cdbaby.com www.davenesstrio.net


Esteve classical guitar, Ibanez “lawsuit model” jazz guitar, cavaquinho, banjo, Gibson SG guitar and Godin Multiac Grand Concert classical guitar (both equipped with Roland GR-20 Guitar synth),


The fourth act was also a treat, the Dave Ness Trio. This acoustic jazz group features guitar, bass, and drums/percussion. They play music that is full of interesting nuances and subtle details, reveling in quiet textures and silences.

Daniel Brame http://deerfieldband.blogspot.com/

This is what Chicago Jazz Magazine had to say about “Sketches” :…there is no denying his superlative skill on the guitar ...he has created a thoughtful and highly listenable CD…Ness’s playing is derivative of Grant Green’s mid-career recordings…tasteful flights of improvisation...

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Beginner to advanced


B.M. Northern Illinois University; M.M. Northwestern University, is a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Currently, Dave teaches at the College of Lake County. He previously was the director of jazz studies at Carthage College. In the past, he has taught jazz courses at Northwestern University and was the guitar instructor at Judson College.

Clinic/Workshop Information

Dave has given many clinics in IL and WI area. Topics include various jazz topics, including improvisation.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson





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