Dave studied jazz improvisation and theory with Charlie Shoemake, one of the best instructors of all time. He dedicated every bit of himself, both personally and socially, into the study of jazz improvisation. Soon after High School, Dave auditioned for the U.S. Navy band, which landed him in the principle keyboardist seat of the elite United States Navy Show Band. Dave’s musicality and style expanded very quickly while on tour in Africa and South America. There he absorbed all of the different musical idiosyncrasies that separate one genre from the next.
Dave has played for people like President Clinton, President Bush, Paul McCartney, Julie Andrews, and many others. His work experience also includes backing up iconic singers such as Tony Curtis, Natalie Cole, Etta James, and Barbara Morrison. Dave was even booked as the accompanist for Phyllis Diller’s 80th birthday celebration at the Beverly Hilton.