Born: September 9, 1970 Primary Instrument: Guitar
Dennis Winge is a jazz guitarist, a freelance pop/rock/soul guitarist and bassist, and a guitar teacher in the Westchester and greater New York area. Dennis has been playing guitar since he was 7 years old and bass since he was 12, and has studied with some of NYC's finest guitarists including Ron Parmentier and Jack Wilkins.
Dennis played his first bar gig when he was 16, and has been a bandleader since his early 20s, when he headed the main campus function band The Institutionalized while attending Manhattan College. Later, he became the musical director for Ikonographics Videos, Inc.
Some of the names he has played with in the rock world are Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys); Clifford Carter (Paul Simon, James Taylor); Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel). In jazz he has worked with Bill Crow (Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan); Gene Bertoncini (Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett); Shunzo Ohno (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock); Bob Meyer (Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie); David Budway (Jeff 'Tain' Watts, Regina Carter).
You can catch Dennis at many of New York's finest clubs and restaurants, performing solo or with an ensemble. On Thursday nights he runs the Westchester Jazz Jam in Pleasantville, NY. He can also be found rehearsing and recording as a freelancer or teaching privately from his Westchester studios. Thanks for visiting: enjoy!
A versatile guitarist and bassist who has worked in a countless number of settings in the studios, Dennis Winge is also a talented jazz guitarist. Based in New York, Winge at various times on Live ‘06 recalls Barney Kessel, Jim Hall and Pat Martino, but he definitely has his own sound and approach to the modern jazz mainstream. Performing a diverse assortment of standards ranging from “Limehouse Blues” and “How High The Moon” to the introspective “Blue In Green” and Wayne Shorter’s “Footprints” plus his own original “The Carrot,” Winge engages in lively and near-telepathic interplay with several different bassists and drummers. His music is full of subtle surprises, variety in tempos, moods and grooves, and covers a wide range of styles. But no matter which piece he is interpreting, Dennis Winge sounds very much like himself. The results are quite enjoyable, very musical and a major step forward for the guitarist.
- Scott Yanow, author of 9 jazz books including Jazz On Film, Trumpet Kings and Bebop
Dennis always makes room for new students of any level provided they are motivated. Call him directly at 917-566-5095 for rates & availability.