DAVE DANA (a/k/a David Dannenberg) was born in New Haven, Connecticut and grew up in West Haven. Dave's first interest with music came at an early age. Influenced by his mother, who was a pianist, he began playing the piano at an early age and then started playing the ukulele at the age of 11. Soon thereafter, Dave was introduced to the guitar, and he has never looked back since. Dave was inspired by such artists as Johnny Smith, Mundell Lowe, Kenny Burrell, Grant Green, Hank Garland, Joe Pass, Richie Garcia, Billy Bean and Wes Montgomery.
Dave studied with several influential people, including Frank D’Amato, Vincent Bredice, Jimmy Raney, Joe Diorio and Linc Chamberland.
Dave’s ability to play by ear and read music has broadened his career to many levels. He is versatile in improvisation, reading and composition. Dave's multi-faceted talent enables him to play various gigs, including shows, symphonies, jazz ensembles and solo private event performances.
One of Dave’s first paying gigs was with drummer Charlie Smith’s group, (Smith was the drummer on the only existing video of Charlie Parker) which included Fred Tinsley on bass.
Touring with Billy Fellows Quartet:
Dave toured with the Billy Fellows quartet and played with them in various locations, including The Americana in Puerto Rico, the El San Juan in Puerto Rico and The David Frost Show in NYC.
Dave played his first reading gig with Henry Mancini during his second year of college. Shortly thereafter, he played with the Supremes and was hired immediately to play with Stevie Wonder and other Motown acts, including, but not limited to gigs at the Apollo and Regal Theatres.