Rehearsal Before The Rehearsal

I got a call to play a concert with a Faculty Jazz group at a local College, featuring Saxophonist Charles Pillow as a Special Guest.  Charles is a fabulous Musician and is on the faculty at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY.

As I started getting ready for the show, I starting think about the process I use to prepare for such a performance. Students may be interested…..

Charles PillowThere’s only 1 rehearsal scheduled, so fortunately there were charts provided for the Guest Artist. I’ll spend a few hours looking over and playing them in my studio, first alone then with a drum loops in Logic or Pro Tools, taking special note of the Form. It is likely to change once the live rehearsal starts, but it’s vitally important to know where the tunes goes...

Read More


Jim Soluri

I’m getting ready to play a short run of “Evita!” and was thinking about the last time I played it…in 1995.

That made me think of my dear friend, Jim Soluri, who we sadly lost a few years ago.

Jim was a Musical Director, Producer, and Musician of the highest caliber. He is on the short list of the people who have had the largest impact on my life, both as a musician and a person. (What’s the difference?) Jim and I spent thousands of hours in orchestra pits and rehearsal studios. I’ll never forget one minute of those hours.

For all the years that I played for Lakeside Dinner Theater, I had a dream the night before we opened. In the dream, Jim and I had a fight and he fired me. I had the dream once every year, and haven’t had it since.

My most cherished memory of Jim, will always be putting...

Read More

Random Thoughts from past Blogs…

Yeah, I know it’s been a very long time since I’ve posted anything. I’ve been busy. Let’s just leave it that….

I came across some thoughts from a Blog I did many years ago and wanted to share some on….

Jay Leonhart

Jay Leonhart has always been one of my favorite bass players. Beyond that, he is a true gentleman of our instrument and of the genre of jazz. He’s also a nut. I think that’s what I love the most. His “The Bass Lesson” DVD is required watching for every bass player and his poetry is hilarious, inspiring, and poignant. Oh yeah…. and he’s a GREAT bass player. Please visit him…

“The Segovia of The Studio”

Tommy Tedesco remains one of my favorite musicians of all time and one of my biggest influences.

You’ve been hearing Tommy all your life...

Read More

VWB Tour Gear

{Originally Posted on Facebook on Thursday, February 14, 2013.  Updates are noted.}

People have been asking about the gear I’m using on the current Victor Wooten Band Tour…. so here’s a rundown for all of us Gear-Geeks….

Basses & Backline

Basses & Backline

Because I’m a BASS Player first, I’m playing a Warwick Steve Bailey prototype 6-string fretted bass most of the time. I have no idea what the woods are…but it’s beautiful and sounds great.

I use my 5-string fretless Fodera Emperor for “Sword and Stone”  It has a Mahogany body and a Bubinga top with matching pickup covers.  The fingerboard is Ebony.  There’s a custom Mike Pope 18v preamp inside.

All of our basses are strung with D’Addario Nickle-Wound strings.  (.32, .45, .55, .75, .90, .120)

Our Drum & Bass Tech/Stage Manager, James Barrett,...

Read More

Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature

"The Dome at Night"
Photo by Cindy Shefield Michaels

CFMN_LogoSince the year 2000, I’ve been privileged to be on the Administrative and  Instructional Staff at Victor Wooten’s Center for Music and Nature, near Nashville, TN.  It has been a thrill to be part of the education of hundreds of Musicians from all around the world over the past 14 seasons. The camps are now open to Musicians of any instrument, ages 14-80+.

The camp started as “Bass/Nature Camp” catering exclusively to Bass players and was held at Montgomery Bell State Park.  That beautiful setting became our ‘Home’ and was truly a special place.  By 2009, we had moved to Wooten Woods, the 150 acre facility owned by Vic (and the bank), located about 60 miles west of Nashville in Only, TN. (Just down the road from, I am not making this up, Bucksnort, TN.)

In 2002, after two years a...

Read More

The Bus…

Home away from HOME

Home away from HOME

Ah, The Bus. That constantly rumbling behemoth parked in the alley behind yet another arena, club, or retrofitted movie theater in middle America. A vehicle that becomes your safe Home within hours of first stepping aboard.

Behind the venue

Behind the venue

Someone you’ve never met becomes the person who keeps you comfortable and safe, driving through the night to get you to the next town. Meet Paul, an Aussie with extensive knowledge on everything from Religion to Philosophy to Music to Diesel Mechanics. Tyrone, always smiling, no matter what. Robbie, who pulls over to get a Starbucks coffee so it’s waiting for me when I get up. Joe, a Bass Player with Merle Haggard. Todd (‘Biggun‘), a former Professional Wrestler. Robert, the Oreo cookie fanatic who has pulled everyone from Su...

Read More

Quote from Reggie…

My dear friend and Bass Legend, Reggie Hamilton once shared this quote with me.

“What other people think of me is none of my business”.

Reggie Hamilton

Reggie Hamilton

Read More

Reading 101 For Bass

Reading 101 For Bass

Dave’s Late-Night Reading Class @ Victor Wooten’s Center For Music and Nature.

Read More

I’m Back….

It’s been a very long time since I did any Blogging and after some encouragement from Janek Gwizdala, I’m BACK.

I’ve just returned from the last leg of the Victor Wooten Band US Tour. A year-long stint as a member of the band…NOT the Tour Manager.

Rather than talking about that side of things, I thought I’d start with the Production Side. The unsung heroes of The Road.

Here’s an Old post from my Archives, back when I was Vic’s Tour Manager:


Posted on March 27, 2007

TourManagementHave you ever thought about the work that goes into putting a tour together? Long before you see your favorite artist in concert, someone is sitting at their kitchen table with cell phones, land-lines and a computer….for HOURS...

Read More