Los Angeles based Dave Askren has performed with a variety of artists including Bobby Shew, Bob Moses, Antonio Hart, Delfeayo Marsalis, Hendrik Muerkins, David King & Reid Anderson (The Bad Plus), 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, 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. Askren's critically acclaimed release “Re Bill Evans” (String Jazz SJRCD1029), features a guitar/bass/drums trio. Dave is also featured with the latin jazz group Rhubumba (Sea Breeze SB-3067), featuring Bobby Shew. as well as - Some Other Things (Sea Breeze, 2005) Trio Nuevo + (Daway, 2008) It's All About the Groove with Jeff Benedict (Daway, 2013) Among Friends with the Orion Saxophone Quartet (Tapestry, 2013) Come Together with Jeff Benedict (Tapestry, 2017)
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This is an excellent CD. The arrangements, and all the quartet members, are outstanding ... another gem from Sea Breeze.
—Ric Bang/Enterprise jazz critic
“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
Willing to teach
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.