One night only at Clara Auditorium, Sacramento CA
DownBeat gave pianist Dave Bass’ 2015 CD, NYC Sessions a coveted 4-stars, stating that it “proves deeply satisfying…because it does so many things so well,” pointing to “Bass’ savvy as an arranger” and “his own sparkling keyboard work. The iconic altoist Phil Woods…sounds big and bold, fully engaged with Bass’ tuneful charts.” DownBeat goes on to say that Dave “plays with verve throughout.” Dave brings his savvy, verve, and his sparkling keyboard work to CJC to play new arrangements from NYC Sessions, his first CD, Gone, and some choice standards with his California Quartet. NYC Sessions hit #5 on the national jazz charts and Gone hit #2. Featuring Dave Bass on piano, Kerry Kashiwagi on upright bass and Brian Kendrick on drums.
Pianist, composer and lyricist, Dave Bass began piano lessons at age seven, and shortly after graduating high school he was accepted into Boston’s Berklee College of Music, leaving after just a few months to study piano with the legendary Madame Margaret Chaloff who schooled him and other young, immensely talented artists such as Keith Jarrett, Leonard Bernstein, Steve Kuhn and Kenny Werner. Bass also studied composition with George Russell, worked a variety of commercial gigs, serendipitously landing a great stint as Brenda Lee’s pianist, touring Japan, Singapore and Malaysia. During the ’70s and early ’80s, now living in the Bay Area,Dave worked as a full time musician. Immersed in the vibrant San Francisco jazz and Latin music scene, he led his own group playing often with friends Bobby McFerrin, drummer Babatunde Lea, vocalist Jackie Ryan and others at the legendary Keystone Korner, Bajones, and the Trident. In the mid-80s, after a random slip and fall on the way to a gig caused a serious wrist fracture, derailing his music career, Dave enrolled at the University of California, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude. He moved on to UCLA School of Law, becoming an Editor of the UCLA Law Review and began his legal career in 1992 with a prestigious law firm. In 1996, Bass accepted a position as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Office of the Attorney General, where he eventually joined the Civil Rights Enforcement, where he was honored with the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Outstanding Achievement. In 2005, after a twenty-year absence from the music scene, and while still a Deputy Attorney General, Dave re-entered the world of music. In June 2010, Bass’ first CD, Gone, featuring Mary Stallings and Ernie Watts, showcasing ten Dave Bass originals, hit #2 on the national JazzWeek Radio Charts. AllAboutJazz wrote, On Gone, Bass returns with a bang after being away for two decades; a clear musical statement that this amazing jazz pianist is here to stay…” In February 2015, Whaling City Sound released NYC Sessions which hit #5 on the national JazzWeek Radio charts. NYC Sessions featured jazz legends Phil Woods, Karrin Allyson, Harvie S, Ignacio Berroa, Conrad Herwig, and others. NYC Sessions received a coveted 4-star review from Downbeat where Jon Garelick wrote that NYC Sessions covers a “broad range of material for a unified whole. That success is due in part to Bass’ savvy as an arranger and programmer, and also to his top-notch crew, not to mention his own sparkling keyboard work.” Garelick continues: Phil Woods “who appears on six of the album’s 11 tracks . . . sounds big and bold, fully engaged with Bass’ tuneful charts.” Downbeat goes on to say that Dave “plays with verve throughout.” Other rave reviews come from Jazz Inside, where Eric Harabadian wrote that Bass “writes and plays in a style that is easily identifiable and relatable, yet sophisticated and operates on a very high level. Dave Bassis back doing what he was born to and, in doing so, is keeping the torch burning for elegant songwriting and classic bebop in the process. “ Raul Da Gama offered these insights in Latin Jazz Network: “Not only is Mr. Bass in fine form, he also contributes wonderful charts to the proceedings. And the music in all its diversity and passion appears to have an unstoppable momentum under his leadership. This is a highly entertaining and gripping recording . . . and has an energy, drive and polish entirely apt for the compelling admixture of Mr. Bass’ expressive musical language…” In January 2015, Dave retired from the Office of the Attorney General to devote himself to music 24/7. davebassmusic.com