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Dave Bennett – clarinet

Dave Restivo – piano

Reg Schwager – guitar

Jim Vivian – bass

Pete Siers – drums

Davide DiRenzo – percussion


Blood Moon

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“I have performed music written by other people for most of my career,” Dave Bennett says. “After 20 years of playing professionally, I am finally walking down my own path. A lot of songs on the album come from personal stories that may be a little dark or moody. Naming it Blood Moon makes a statement that this is completely different from anything I’ve done before. It has been the most fulfilling experience of my life, thus far.”


Dave Bennett

Product#: MAC1071|Released: 10/14/13


Don’t Be That Way

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A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who also plays electric guitar, piano, drums and sings. Entirely self-taught, he began playing along with Benny Goodman records at age 10, and by 12 he was invited by legendary trumpeter Doc Cheatham to the bandstand of New York’s famous Sweet Basil jazz club. Leading his tribute to Benny Goodman, Bennett has been a featured soloist at Carnegie Hall with The New York Pops and has played the program with 50 other US and Canadian orchestras. An annual fixture at a dozen American music festivals, his “Rockin’ the ’50s” show always brings down the house, while his “Swing to Rock” Symphony Pops program premiered in 2016 with The Kingston Symphony Orchestra. Blood Moonis his follow up to the 2013 Mack Avenue release, Don’t Be That Way

After 20 years of playing professionally, I am finally walking down my own path.


CD Review: ‘Blood Moon,’ Dave Bennett   01.05.15

Clarinetist Dave Bennett performs on his current CD with a small group. He has a mix of original compositions co-written with record producer Shelly Berger. Others are well-loved standards by a variety of composers. He is supported by pianist Dave Restivo, guitarist Reg Schwager, bassist Jim Vivian, drummer Pete Siers, and percussionist Davide Direnzo.

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  • Feb 1,2018 Ferguson, VA Ferguson Center for the Arts
  • Feb 2,2018 Ferguson, VA Chrysler Hall
  • Feb 16,2018 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall
  • Feb 22,2018 Seaside, CA Seaside Jazz Festival (quartet + Memphis Speed Kings)
  • Mar 9,2018 Coos Bay, OR Clambake Jazz Festival
  • Apr 6,2018 Eureka, CA Redwood Coast Music Festival
  • Apr 13,2018 Salt Lake City, UT Abravanel Hall
  • Jun 22,2018 Elkhart, IN Elkhart Jazz Festival
  • Jun 24,2018 Elkhart, IN Elkhart Jazz Festival
  • Sep 6,2018 Bristish Columbia, Canada Pentastic Jazz Festival
  • Nov 1,2018 Chandler, AZ Arizona Classic Jazz Fest