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Dave Bendigkeit

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.

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Dave Bendigkeit “is, above all, an expressive soloist, one who shows that rare combination of virtuosity and individualism which has always marked jazz's superior talents. ...In today's age of post-modernism, more and more people are beginning to realize that the important question is not who is the most “progressive” or the most “out there”, but rather who is saying the most in his or her chosen medium. ...the different artistic disciplines can perhaps benefit from those in the new generation who can build from the tradition and, in the words of poet Ezra Pound, “make it new”

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In Your Living Room
In Your Living Room
Jazz Mind Records

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