Born: June 29, 1955 Primary Instrument: Trumpet
Dave Bendigkeit has been on the San Francisco music scene since 1974. As a young man, he worked with just about every band and singer that came through town, including Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, George Shearing, Jack Jones, Ray Brown, Shelly Manne, Richie Cole, Grady Tate, Smith Dobson, James Brown, B.B. King, The Temptations, Gladys Knight & other Motown groups, Dick Bright Orchestra, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Bernadette Peters, Rosemary Clooney, Shirley MacLaine, Joel Grey, Anthony Newley, Lou Rawls, The Mills Brother, Johnny Mathis, the San Francisco Ballet Orchestra, San Jose Symphony, The Four Tops, Englebert Humperdink, The OJays, The Platters, The Lettermen, The Four Freshmen, the Dick Bright Orchestra, Broadway shows Les Miserables, Into The Woods, South Pacific, Fiddler on the Roof, and numerous other venues and acts. He was also active in the recording industry, releasing three albums: “Dave Bendigkeit - Looking Out”, jazz quartet, Jazz Mind Label – 1982, “Thoughts of a Gentleman”, jazz quartet, Quartet Label – 1987, and Full Circle - Take One, jazz trio, Jazz Mind Label - 2006 and In Your Living Room with Denny Berthiaume - 2010. As the preeminent recording trumpet player in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 1980’s he could be heard on commercials for Macy’s, Nike, Gap and many others, along with record albums and, television and movie sound tracks for Charlie Brown, Garfield, Walker, Todd Rundgren, Zbra, Deep Voices, and Eddie Macon’s Run among others....
When trumpeter Dave Bendigkeit plays A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (from Thoughts of a Gentleman, the Dave Bendigkeit Quartet), his breathtaking lines are innovative and expressive and how they flow. Loaded with technical agility, while Bendigkeit can and does take any measure of a song and sail it out to speed — jazz, swing, rock or pop — the man pulls his listeners in, like sea to shore. Jean Bartlett (Correspondent to the Pacifica Tribune)
“A splendid trumpet player… masterful.” - Bob Martin (Peninsula-Times Tribune)
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Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students