If anyone can channel Benny Goodman, it’s Dave Bennett. In the early days of jazz, the clarinet joined with trumpet and trombone to create the music’s signature sound, and it ruled the roost in the Swing Era, when jazz was America’s popular music and dance-party soundtrack. Even though Bennett grew up in a time far removed from the Swing Era and the technology (AM radio, 78 RPM records) that produced it, Bennett already had an appreciation for the era’s music from the soundtracks of the old Abbott & Costello movies he watched at home. By the time he turned 14, Bennett’s prowess had come to the attention of various Michigan-based trad-jazz bands, and he began to taste the life of a touring musician. At 17 he was chosen as one of two guest soloists (from a national field of 600) to perform with the Count Basie Orchestra; a couple years later he spent a brief time as part of the renowned Hot Club of Detroit. In 2005, at the ripe old age of 21, he created his own combo to perform his Tribute To Benny Goodman, which has performed throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has also appeared as guest soloist with more than 30 classical “pops” orchestras (including eight such concerts with the Detroit Symphony), and made his debut with the famed New York Pops Orchestra in the fall of 2013, in a tribute celebrating Goodman’s original Carnegie Hall concert.
Enjoy Benny Goodman like you remember with Dave’s quartet. Dave Bennett, Clarinet; Ike Harris, Bass; Dick Maley/Hal Smith, Drums, and Jason Wanner, Piano.
You won’t find many musicians under 30 who are equally conversant with the music of Benny Goodman (the “King of Swing”) and Roy Orbison (“The Soul of Rock and Roll”). Catch Dave Bennett and The Memphis Speed Kings to enjoy his rockabilly sound.