A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes too. He is the only artist anywhere saluting The Roots of Pop: covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, the Beatles and more.
Dave is a blazing clarinet sensation playing the “swing style” of Benny Goodman. Leading His Tribute to Benny Goodman, Dave has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops (2013) and has played the show with innumerable other U.S. and Canadian orchestras including Nashville, Detroit, Rochester, Omaha, Toronto, Vancouver, Orlando, San Antonio, Jacksonville, Portland, OR and Portland, ME, Houston, and more to come. Over fifty performing arts centers across the USA have had success with his presentations.
An annual fixture at several American music festivals, Dave’s Rockin the ‘50s show always brings down the house! Dave pays tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis (piano and vocals), and Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley (electric guitar and vocals). Dave’s original compositions are influenced by the style of Roy Orbison, the “Soul of Rock and Roll”. Some of his annual “roots music” presenters include The Sacramento Music Festival, The Southern Oregon Music Festival, The Central Illinois Jazz Festival, The Clambake Jazz Festival, and The Redwood Coast Music Festival. Dave performs at The Grand Hotel Jazz Weekend every Labor Day on Mackinac Island.
Dave’s Swing to Rock Roots Music show premiered as a symphony pops program in April 2016 with The Kingston (Ontario) Symphony Orchestra. Preceding this, Dave supplied Jerry Lee Lewis style piano, vocals and clarinet for the Rochester Philharmonic’s Pops concerts on Nov. 13 and 14 2015 with swing dancers/ choreographers Stephen Sayer and Chandra Roettig.
Dave has been featured on NPR Radio’s Jazz at Riverwalk. He made his European debut in 2008 at the The Bern Jazz Festival (Switzerland) in a combo with jazz legends and Benny Goodman band alumni, guitarist Bucky Pizzarelli and vibraphonist, the late Peter Appleyard.
Dave is a Mack Avenue Records artist. His 2013 CD Don’t Be That Way met with critical acclaim.
His second CD Blood Moon features original compositions influenced by Dave’s appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel, and pop hit the Billboard Jazz charts in 2018.