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About Dave


Dave was born on 24 March 1940 and was classically trained in piano from the age of 6, studying with Marie Gardner LRAM, Kathleen Long FRCM CBE, Jacques Fevrier CNSP and  jazz greats Art Simmonds and Aaron Bridgers.    Over a career spanning  five decades David has played at a number of renowned venues in Paris and London including the Savoy, Ritz, Dorchester, Hilton Park Lane and Clifton Ford Hotels in London and the Crillon in Paris.  He has also combined his passion for Jazz and love of Paris, now his home, by playing a large number of the city’s renowned jazz clubs including "Le Chat Qui Peche", Les Trois Maillets" and La Cigale with Jack Butler and Benny Walters and occasional invited guests such as Milt Hinton and Albert Nicholas.

Dave has also pursued a distinguished academic career in the UK heading two high school music departments as well as, later in his career, providing music and drama coaching to children with special needs and piano tuition at the BRIT school of performing arts in Croydon, UK.


In recent years, following retirement from teaching, Dave has toured with the Pete Allen Dixieland Jazz Band and continues to make resident and guest appearances at small venues near his home in Paris such as Le Petit Journal (Montparnasse and St Michel), Au Point de Salut and Le  Caveau de la Huchette.

Read more about Dave here in the renowned Parisian journal Le Jazz Hot in which he was a featured artist in 2017.





As leader:


Cocktails for Two – live at the Clifton Ford, London (1992)

Early Jazz Piano Classics (2005)  

As sideman:


Bechet’s Walk (Pete Allen Jazz Band 2005)

Free  and   Easy (Pete Allen Jazz Band 2006)

I Hear Music (Cathy Portelli 2010)

Christmas Songs (Manda Djinn 2011)




Pianist and music associate for BBC 3 production of ‘’ Novocento’’ by Allesandro Baricco (the first public production of this play)


Pianist at the “House of Elliot’’ (BBC1).


Music Associate : Channel Four TV documentary  based upon the life of the artist Renoir featuring his masterpiece ‘’La  Moulin de la Galette .

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