Dave Gross Band
November 10, 2007
Center for the Arts
2007 Blues Music Awards Nominee Dave Gross Brings the Blues to the Center! Dave Gross, described by none other than blues legend Duke Robillard as "a force to be reckoned with" is appearing at the Center for the Arts of Homer on Saturday, November 10 at 8 PM (doors open at 7 PM). The 2007 Blues Music Awards Nominee for "Best New Artist Debut", Dave Gross, at only 22, is a world-class guitarist who seamlessly moves from Chicago blues to swing to rockabilly to gypsy jazz and beyond. As a singer, he skillfully handles styles from Mississippi Delta blues to standards. As a songwriter, Daveís interesting melodies surround mature, heartfelt lyrics that belie his age. As a performer, Dave has an electrifying presence that has won him a growing legion of fans who believe that he is one of the top players in the country. He leads a band of some of the finest players in the country, with blues roots that branch out in countless directions including Dennis Gruenling on harmonica, Doug Sasfai on tenor sax, Scot Hornick on upright bass and Michael Bram on drums. Daveís creativity and love for the original blues and jazz masters bring new life to the music scene, resulting in a hybrid music form that combines blues from the 40ís and 50ís with swing from the 30ís and 40ís.
Despite his young age, Dave has already shared stages with such national blues artists and legends as Hubert Sumlin, Duke Robillard, Popa Chubby, Debbie Davies, Bettye LaVette, Arthur Neilson, Sax Gordon, Doug "Mr. Low" James, Nick Moss, Willie Kent, Dennis Gruenling & Jumptime, Big Ed Sullivan, Joe Taino, Christine Santelli, Stephane Wrembel, Dona Oxford, among many other notable artists.
Dave has been influenced by a wide range of musicians that include T-Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Charlie Christian, BB King, Charles Brown, Arthur Neilson, Wynonie Harris, Django Reinhardt, Duke Robillard, Jimmy Rushing, Ray Charles, Jimmie Vaughan, and Tiny Grimes to name a few.
These influences and Daveís extraordinary talents are showcased in his new album "Take The Gamble". The new record includes 9 original and 4 cover songs, and truly reveals Daveís phenomenal growth as an artist. The album showcases Daveís diverse guitar and writing style, touching upon traditional and contemporary blues, swing, country, jazz and rock. It features special guests, including Duke Robillard, Doug James, Dennis Gruenling, Al Basile, and DoŮa Oxford. Francis Rateau in Crossroads Magazine says: "This charming, young man is making a name for himself in the world of swing blues with his breakthrough sophomore album, which heralds the arrival of a new talent. With a style that draws from the forties and that takes inspiration from T-Bone Walker, Collins, Charlie Christian, Jimmy Vaughn and many others, Dave Gross literally powers his way through a range of songs, mostly compositions, where this lover of subtle guitars and stinging brass is committed to getting legs moving for an intense, swaying, swing party. Gross is good, very good, extraordinarily good, almost obscenely; such is his divine, nimble, and elegant mastery of the six string instrument."
Other quotes about the talents of Dave Gross:
"His classy guitar work can slide effortlessly from straight blues to swing, jazz, rockabilly, and any style you can name.† If it's on the fretboard, Dave Gross will find it!!" Don Crow, Music City BluesGeneral Admission tickets are $20 and senior tickets are $16. Admission for children under 14 and anyone with a valid student ID is free. Please present your ID when you attend the performance to insure your free admittance. Tickets may be purchased in advance at Jodiís Hallmark and Sheridanís Fine Jewelry in Cortland, Linaniís in Homer, Ithaca Guitarworks in Ithaca, through the Centerís website at www.center4art.org , or by calling 607-749-4900, or at the door the evening of the performance. The Center Social Hour begins at 7:00 PM offering desserts, coffee, tea, wine and beer for purchase as a fundraiser for the Center.
"I believe this boy has traded his soul to the devil to play like that!" Keith Mulhare, WFDU Radio
Season sponsors for the Center for the Arts are The Glass Smith and Reihlman, Shafer & Shafer Councilors at Law. This performance is supported by The New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. This performance is also supported in part by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts. Accommodations are provided by The Quagmire Manor.
"In every town I go there is a kid with a guitar who is out to cut heads. Usually upon hearing them I think to myself 'what a wanker.' When I heard Dave my ears stood up and I thought 'man this kid can play!' I love it when someone half my age and size makes me work twice as hard. Look out for Dave Gross." - Popa Chubby