“Dave Prince” – Innovative Jazz Guitar
David (“Dave”) Prince has been playing guitar since age twelve. He did not take playing guitar seriously until later in his adult life. In fact, David invested most of his young life in other pursuits before coming back to music. The journey began in the early 90’s, with David testing the waters as a “one man band,” using elaborate musical sequencing and arrangements to showcase original compositions and arrangements. David provided background music at major hotels, initially without compensation, and then as a paid performer. David performed at all kinds of events, ranging from wedding receptions to pool parties throughout the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. Local musicians started to take notice of David’s signature playing style. Acknowledging his skills, one local promoter (“Jay Squeak”) invited David to perform with other musician’s as a guitarist in a live band. In 1996, David joined the newly formed band “4-Kast” led by Saxophonist and original member, Orin Gillian, along with well-known bass player Adrian Norton. The band later reformed under the leadership of percussionist Steve Perkins to become “Phaze II.” As lead guitarist for Phaze II, David helped produce two CD’s: “Options” and “Backtalk” and more recently, the “Phaze II - Live and Uncut” DVD. You can hear this music at: www.phaze2jazz.com . David’s original song "Bailey's Groove" from “Options,” made the Smooth Jazz Sunday Brunch Top 50 on Smooth Jazz 105.9 (with Al Santos - before the station changed its format). David has other original songs: “Where Do We Go from Here” published by a professional recording company based out of Los Angeles, California, and also: “Kooling in My Ride.” You can hear these early samples of David's playing by clicking the music icon. You can also obtain additional information at: www.princeentertainmentgroup.com.
David’s performances include local and national artists like Gerald Albright, Steve Cole, Walter Beasley, Art Sherrod, Jr., Phillip Martin. He has performed at a number of prominent venues: Center Stage - Baltimore, Maryland, Bull Run Park, Virginia, Blues Alley, DC, The Carlyle, Alexandria, Virginia, The “Sugar Bar” - New York City, Philadelphia Civic Center, Takoma Station, Tacoma Park, Maryland, Babylon Futbol Café, Arlington, Virginia, Opus 88 – McLean Hilton, McLean, Virginia, Felix – Adam’s Morgan, D.C., George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, Salisbury University, Salisbury, Maryland, 2005 Capital Jazz Festival Competition Winner (with Phaze II), Capital Jazz Super Cruise Appearances (2007 and 2009), DC Barbecue Battle, Rock Creek Park and Fort Dupont Summer Jazz Concert Series, National Harbor Summer Jazz Concert Series, Proud Mary Restaurant, Fort Washington, Maryland, Mimi’s Café, Fredricksburg, Virginia. David has made both radio and television appearances. For example:
Radio: WHUR, WSMJ, WETA, WEAA, and on Television: WJLA
David has had the pleasure of working with outstanding promoters in the local music business scene that include: Cliff Hunt - Capital Jazz Festival, Merriweather Post Pavilion, Warren Jones – Smooth Jazz 105.9 (Woodbridge, Va.), Emmett Roberts - Short Cake Entertainment Group, Tony Perry - DAF Entertainment, Bilal Ali, and Robert Smoot of Brencore Entertainment. David is currently promoting his solo career as he continues his musical journey as David (Dave) Prince and Friends.