Dave Solazzo

Dave Solazzo

Musicians | Instrument: Piano | Location: Syracuse

A post bop soundscape of striking melodies, inventive grooves, experimental arrangements and compelling harmonies.

—Downbeat Magazine

Updated: March 15, 2024

Born: December 21, 1972

Dave Solazzo has been a mainstay of Central New York's music scene for over two decades. Much in demand as a soloist and sideman, Dave has worked with artists from a wide mix of genres - jazz, fusion, R&B and beyond. He has performed and recorded with major jazz figures like Chuck Mangione, Larry Coryell, Joel Frahm, Dick Oatts, Jerry Weldon and Joe Magnarelli at venues like The Flatiron Room (NYC), Troy Music Hall, the Savannah Jazz Festival and the Syracuse Jazz Fest.

In addition to his work as a sideman, Dave leads his own trio, playing modern interpretations of jazz standards and original compositions in the spirit of Oscar Peterson, Keith Jarrett and Brad Mehldau.

Dave was educated at Berklee College of Music and SUNY Purchase College. He has taught Jazz History at Cayuga Community College in Auburn, New York and Jazz Piano at Colgate University. He currently teaches Jazz Piano at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.


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Dave Solazzo: Locrian Skye

Read "Locrian Skye" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Pianist Dave Solazzo and The Bridge--a trio that includes drummer Bill D'Augustino and bassist Matthew Vacanti--may be better known in the jazz world as accomplished sidemen, but they came together in 2023 to record Locrian Skye, with the pianist serving as the leader. In some ways, the music recalls the standard jazz piano trio mode--the music of Bill Evans, Tommy Flanagan and Ahmad Jamal. In other ways, there is an elasticity of interplay, with unconventional harmonics and rhythms lurking in ...

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“A post bop soundscape of striking melodies, inventive grooves, experimental arrangements and compelling harmonies” - Downbeat Magazine.

“One of the best jazz releases of this year” - Frank Malfitano, Syracuse and Detroit Jazz Fest

Primary Instrument




David Binney
saxophone, alto
Ben Wendel


  Sun, Jul 21
Geneva, NY
Dave Solazzo & The Bridge
Brewery Ardennes
Sun, Jul 21. 12:30 pm
  Sun, Jul 28
Manlius, NY
Dave Solazzo & The Bridge
Seneca St. Brew Pub
Sun, Jul 28. 1:00 pm
  Sun, Sep 15
Penn Yan, NY
Dave Solazzo & The Bridge
Red Tail Ridge Winery
Sun, Sep 15. 1:00 pm


Salina Street

From: Locrian Skye
By Dave Solazzo