Primary Instrument: Guitar
Los Angeles based Dave Askren has performed with a variety of artists including Bobby Shew, Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, Stuart Hamm, Gray Sargent, Kevin Eubanks, Gary Foster, Tony Rizzi's Wire Choir with Pete Christlieb, Mike Vax, Jimmy Branly, as well as pop artists including Marilyn McCoo, Latoya Jackson, Linda Hopkins, Little Anthony, The Coasters, The Platters, The Drifters, The Marvelletes, and Brenton Wood.
Dave attended and taught guitar at Boston's Berklee College of Music, as well as California State University, Los Angeles, and also studied privately with saxophonist Jerry Bergonzi, pianist Charlie Banacos, guitarist Mick Goodrick and drummers Bob Moses and Bob Gullotti.
Since relocating to Los Angeles, Dave has performed/toured with many artists in various styles from Jazz to R&B pop to Classical to Latin.
His newest release, It's All About The Groove(2013), is co-led with saxophonist Jeff Benedict.
Previous releases include Trio Nuevo +, a latin jazz project featuring Dave on nylon string guitar with Eddie Resto, Walter Rodriguez, and Ramon Banda.
Dave can also be heard on Rhubumba (Sea Breeze SB-3067), featuring Bobby Shew, and Some Other Things, also on the Seabreeze label.
Askren's critically acclaimed release Re Bill Evans (String Jazz SJRCD1029), features a guitar/bass/drums trio.
“One of the fresh surprises of this album is guitarist Dave Askren's lyrically flowing bop-flavored guitar lines, which hark back to Wes Montgomery and GrantGreen.” —All About Jazz
...a thoroughly worthwhile CD. Recommended. —Jazz Now
...the kind of tribute album that is deserving of its own high regard.. That he succeeds so admirably is worthy of wild applause. —Jazz Review
Every Bill Evans fan and most jazz guitar fans will want to add this one to their collections.” —Audiophile Edition
This recording is of interest to listeners who like Bill Evans and guitar, and are interested inhearing some well-executed approaches to combining the two. —Jazz Improv
The leader’s guitar speaks with clarion authority and a fresh attack that remains loose and confident. His sound takes hold and drives this enjoyable, personable session. (Some Other Things) —All About Jazz
With a front line of Jacques Voyemant, Bobby Shew, and guitarist Dave Askren… the group (Rhubumba) can count itself as one of the better Southern California Latin-jazz outfits.” —Jazz Times
Some Other Things
Dave Askren: guitar, Jeff Benedict: saxes, John Belzaguy: bass, Ramon Banda: drums.
As A Side Musician
Personnel: Bobby Shew: trumpet, jeff benedict: saxes, jacques voyemont: trombone, dave askren: guitar, paul decastro: piano, rigoberto lopez: bass, jimmy branly: timbales, Bob Fernandez: congas.
RE: Bill Evans
Dave Askren Trio
Personnel: Dave Askren: guitar, mike flick: bass, Steve Sykes: drums.
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Los Angeles, CA
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Currently teaching guitar students and jazz ensembles at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State L.A.) Previously taught at Berklee College of Music, Boston.