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Dave Whitford

Born in Cornwall in 1973 Dave discovered a passion for music while in secondary school. He started playing the bass guitar aged 13 and very soon became involved in the school band, Cornwall Youth Jazz Orchestra and although still very young in numerous professional situations including music theatre, swing, funk and reggae bands. In 1993 aged 20 Dave moved to London to study music at Middlesex University where he began playing the double bass. It was a very quick transition and Dave was working professionally on the instrument within months. He graduated from Middlesex in 1996 with a first class degree. On leaving Middlesex Dave immersed him self in the London jazz scene establishing himself as one of the most in demand young bass players in the City. In 1998 David received a scholarship to study at the Guildhall School of Music on their One year Jazz postgraduate diploma from which he graduated with a distinction. He also received an award from the Paul Hamlyn foundation which enabled him to tour and record with collective quartet Neverland. Dave has continued forging a reputation for himself on the London scene and as well as regularly performing at the capital's top venues including Ronnie Scott's, The Vortex, The 606 and The Jazz Cafe he has worked extensively in many countries worldwide. Current projects David is involved in include The Christine Tobin Band. The Liam Noble Trio, The Josephine Davies Quintet and her new band SATORI. Dave has also worked with Bobby Wellins, Steve Lacy, Marc Copland, John Taylor, Bill Frisell, Dave Liebman, The NDR Big Band, The BBC Big Band, Mike Gibbs, Jack Bruce, Evan Parker, Kirk Lightsey, Ed Thigpen, Billy Hart, Josh Roseman, Jim Mullen, Jason Rebelo, Phil Robson, Henry Lowther, Gilad Atzmon, Jacqui Dankworth, Byron Wallen, Clare Teal, Steve Argüelles, Julian Siegal, Hans Koller, Joe Lee Wilson, Stan Sulzmann, Eddie Prevost, Anita Wardell, Martin Speake, Gary Kavanagh and Trevor Watkiss

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