All About Jazz

Home » Musicians » Dave MacNab

Dave MacNab Dave MacNab

Dave MacNab has been performing and composing music for over twenty five years. Born in New York, raised in Los Angeles, he has been living in the San Francisco Bay area for almost twenty years, drawing inspiration from the abundance of creative talent and the area's natural beauty. Dave has worked with many fine musicians from the Bay Area and beyond, in a wide range of settings and styles. While he's well versed in the language of jazz, his playing equally draws from rock, funk, latin, and blues influences, creating a soulful, intelligent sound driven by a strong rhythmic force.

Dave has toured and recorded internationally, appeared on numerous TV and radio programs and has recently been performing with some of Broadways’ biggest national tours. He has released four albums as a leader, played on countless other recordings, created original scores for theater and film and written instructional material for magazines and books.

Since moving to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1986 to attend Sonoma State University, under the leadership of a talented faculty including Mel Graves, Randy Vincent, George Marsh, Mark Levine and Harvey Wainapel, Dave has found a musical and spiritual home. Having played at just about every venue and festival in the area, he has been fortunate to connect and create with some of the areas’ great talent. These folks include Scott Amendola, Mads Tolling, Jenny Scheinman, Josh Jones, John Santos, Dred Scott, Kenny Brooks, Jeff Chimenti, Eric Crystal, Michael Bluestein, Erik Jekabson, Sheldon Brown, Chuck Sher, Laurie Antonioli, Adam Theis/Jazz Mafia, Nels Cline, Kitty Margolis, Eddie Marshall, Wil Blades and many, many others.


Album Review
Read more articles



Album One Note At A Time by Erik Jekabson

One Note At A Time

Wide Hive Records


Shop Amazon

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.