Dave Thompson‘s guitar is smooth and natural, focused on warm voice and melodic leads.
“delicate jazz guitar that dances at the right moments” – cbc.ca
Dave Thompson began as a gigging guitarist in the late 1980s and is currently playing in the Stratford Festival production of the Who’s “Tommy.” Previous Stratford seasons include work on “Wanderlust” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Dave also tours with Juno-winners Kellylee Evans and Susan Aglukark, and freelances at jazz festivals, clubs and concert venues across Canada and the USA.
Dave studied jazz composition and guitar at the Berklee College of Music in Boston and has worked in concert halls, festivals, summer resorts, clubs, musical theatre, radio and TV, as well as on many recordings as a sideman, producer or arranger.
Dave has opened for George Benson, Richard Bona, Chris Botti and others as a member of Kellylee Evans’ group, and has toured extensively, including concerts in every province and territory Canada (including Nunavut) and in several US states.
Recent local performance experiences include the Waterloo Jazz Room, Registry Theatre, Stratford Festival and Drayton Theatres. Dave also adjudicates for the Kiwanis Festival.
Dave teaches privately in his studio and also as an adjunct professor of music at Heritage College in Cambridge, Ontario. With years of recording experience, and with his own “Studio Indigo,” he has played, engineered, produced and arranged on many releases and demo projects.
Dave credits Kenny Munshaw with much of his early experience and development as a working musician. His guitar and writing influences include Joe Pass, Pat Metheny, John Scofield, Alex Lifeson, Duke Ellington, Reg Schwager, Joni Mitchell, Wes Montgomery, Gil Evans, Sting, George Benson, Lyle Lovett and many more.
Specialties: guitarist, vocalist, teacher, writer, producer, arranger, engineer
Owner of Thompsongs
Adjunct Professor at Heritage College and Seminary 2010 – Present
Education: Berklee College of Music 1987 – 1990
Wilfrid Laurier University 1986 – 1987
Dave’s lead will bring a mix of standards and originals to the stage.
- Dave Thompson – guitars
- Rob Fekete - piano
- Clark Johnston – bass
- Giampaolo Scatozza – drums