Dave Bennett

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Dave Bennett
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Background Information


May 18, 1984






Jazz, Rockabilly, Gospel, Country, Pop

Years Active

1997 - Present


clarinet, electric guitar, piano, drums


Mack Avenue Records



Associated Acts

Clarinet Swing Kings, The Memphis Speed Kings, Dave Bennett Quartet


A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes. He is the only artist anywhere saluting The Roots of Pop:covering music from the Swing Era to early Rockabilly and Country, to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.

Entirely self-taught, Dave began at age 10 on clarinet listening to and quickly playing along with Benny Goodman records. At 12 he was invited by legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham to the bandstand of New York’s famous Sweet Basil jazz club. By 14 he was out frequently touring around the USA with Michigan’s New Reformation Dixieland Band. Later self-taught instruments were the electric guitar and “boogie-woogie” style piano.

Dave is a Mack Avenue Records artist. His 2013 CD “Don’t Be That Way” met with critical acclaim. His second CD, is currently in production featuring original compositions influenced by Dave’s appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel, and pop.


Dave Bennett

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Michigan clarinetist DAVE BENNETT, is an authentic musical prodigy who brings to life the classic sound and music of BENNY GOODMAN (1909-1986) with incredible technique, style, beauty of tone and naturalness.

Dave resides in Waterford, Michigan, (born May 18, 1984 in Pontiac, MI) and began his playing at age 10 on a clarinet given to him by his grandparents. He then taught himself how to play Goodman songs by ear, listening to a tape given to him by his grandfather. Dave had his first "feature appearance" playing Bei Mir Bist Du Schoen at his 5th Grade band concert. At age 12 Dave was invited to the bandstand of the famous Sweet Basil jazz club in New York to sit in with the trumpet great Doc Cheatham.

As an early teen, a tape of Dave’s playing sent to another hero, Pete Fountain, resulted in an unprompted telephone call to Dave by Fountain, encouraging this remarkable young talent that he was "on the right track.”

At 17 Bennett was selected as one of two high school students from a field of 600, to have the opportunity to perform as a special guest soloist with The Count Basie Orchestra.





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