Guitar Jazz(TV Show) by Eric Elias [Just Jazz Guitar Magazine] (Feb. 2006 Issue)
Jazz guitarist Dave Dana is hosting a local TV show for jazz guitarists (in the New England area). Dave is a veteran sideman, having traveled with and backed players like Buddy Rich, James Moody, Toots Thielmanns, Joe Williams, Gene Harris, Kenny Barron and Kenny Burrell. He was a staple of the Las Vegas scene for a long time as well. Dana now shares his talent and experience with us on a regular TV show. Guitar Jazz. The show format provides generous playing time with Dave and his quartet (guitar, piano, upright bass and drums). A guest guitarist is also featured and showcases with Dave and the band. Dave and the guest share their insights and history about players they have worked with and also discuss the tunes they are playing and new material they are working on. Guests have included an array of top professional guitarists such as 9-string guitarist Michael Coppola, NYC guitarist Rick Stone and Boston based guitarist Richie Hart. The show is professionally recorded and edited in a studio and the video, audio quality and mix were very well done. The episode that was forwarded to me featured Berkeley Prof Richie Hart. Richie is carrying on the Wes Montgomery tradition of playing with his thumb. If you haven’t seen either Richie or Dave play, you are missing out. Both players are fantastic and are featured wonderfully on this show. It’s about time someone started a TV show giving airtime to great guitarists.