CD Review of "For Analise" and "Meloncholy Moon" by Eric Elias [Just Jazz Guitar Magazine] (Feb. 2006 Issue)
If a player can be measured in some way by the musicians they have worked with, then Dave Dana should rank at the top. His list of “Whose Who” that he has traveled with, backed or recorded with is extensive and includes such players as Buddy Rich, James Moody, Toots Thielmans, Joe Williams, Gene Harris, Eddy Harris, Kenny Barron, Kenny Burrell, Joe Diorio, Ira Sullivan, Jaco Pastorius, Tom Harrel, Tony Bennett, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls and Steve Turre, to name a few (the list is far more extensive). What ranks Dave at the top though, is more than his accolades. More impressive than the players Dave has played with is his playing itself. Dave plays with the blues and soulful taste of players like Grant Green and Kenny Burrell. He also displays the flash and technique of chops monsters like Jimmy Bruno and Bob Conti. Couple that with his smooth style of singing (think John Pizzarelli) and you have incredible talent.
For years Dave traveled and toured with bands, eventually settling in Las Vegas. Lately, he has been back in his native Connecticut, playing NY clubs, jazz festivals, casinos and even a few local clubs. Dana has released two CDs as a leader as well recently. The Discs, For Analise and Melancholy Moon, both showcase Dana’s prowess as a guitarist and vocalist. Each disc contains 10 cuts. click here for full review
Guitar Jazz(TV Show) by Eric Elias [Just Jazz Guitar Magazine] (Feb. 2006 Issue)
Review from when Dave Dana hosted a local TV show for jazz guitarists (in the New England area). click here for full review
Dave Dana's jazzed about this new show on CTV.
by Craig Gilbert - October 6, 2005
Local six-string impresario Dave Dana is a natural host for the Citizens' Television program Guitar Jazz with Dave Dana. The show is just the most recent of many checkmarks on the Dave Dana "accomplishments" list that he's been lengthening since his interest in guitars began as a young pup. He still carries that persistent, do-it-all enthusiasm. Click here for full review
20th Century Guitar Magazine (February 2000)
“...Norm studied with Dave Dana in New Haven. “Dave played with the Buddy Rich Band and is an incredible guitar player. He’s a great guy and a great player,” enthused Zocher. Click here for article
James Moody at Quinnipiac Jazz Festival by Carolyn Wyman [New Haven Register - Jazz Review]
"Dana, who grew up in West Haven, is a technical wizard on his guitar."
A Review of the Wayne Andre's Concert [Hartford Courant - Jazz Review]
"Dana is a nimble-fingered guitarist who seemed as much at home improvising as he did when sight reading Andre’s arrangement of Dizzy Gillespsie’s “Night in Tunisia.” The young West Haven musician served a stint with the Buddy Rich Band, and for several years worked the busy music scene in Las Vegas where one of his pit band colleagues was the noted alto saxophonist James Moody.”
Minute of Rest Puts Guitarist Back in Clubs by Gordan Emerson [New Haven Register]
"When guitarist Dave Dana returned to his native West Haven after several years of working with many prominent entertainers and jazz musicians he said he just wanted to sit for a minute. That was six years ago. Although he decided, as he puts it, "to keep on sitting" he has hardly been watching the world go by. Now one of the areas most sought after free-lancers, he plays with Sony Costanza's big band, collaborates with Eddy Cercone at Tulli's restaurant in Branford....and regularly displays his versatility with the rock jazz fusion group Cellua. Dana also occasionally fronts his own jazz straight ahead combos." Click to see full article