As a guitarist/singer/songwriter/arranger, Dave Cross combines touches of both jazz and blues. In addition to his formidable guitar chops and easy, languid vocals, Dave has a talent for surrounding himself with top-notch musicians. The selections on Songbook all showcase the rich musical interplay between Cross and his backing band, which includes keyboards, a horn section and Dave’s wife Sue on bass.
Tracks like “Everyone Knows” and “Broke on Payday” reveal Cross’s talent for performing up-tempo blues shuffles, where Cross punctuates his tongue-in-cheek lyrics with twisting, intricate guitar lines. On ballads like “I Promise” and “Gently,” Cross shows his skills as an accompanist— he strums delicate, atmospheric chords behind jazz horn solos and guest vocalist Gail Chasin. One of the most impressive tracks on Songbook is the New Orleans-flavored “Church of Charles.” While Cross’s lyrics pay tribute to Mingus, Monk and Armstrong, the horn players jam over a funky rhythm section that’s buffed up by guest percussionist Papo Rodriguez.
Dave and Sue Cross are based in Southern California, and their music displays a strong West Coast sensibility. The low-key style they bring to jazz and blues makes Songbook a worthwhile listen for roots music fans.
—Jon Kleinman ELMORE MAGAZINE.
35th year performing at the Sawdust.
Played a Cocktail Party May 19th 2016 at The Irvine Museum, 18881 Von Karman Ave, Irvine CA in honor of Arts Orange County’s 20th Anniversary. Great organization, many thanks to Executive Director Richard Stein.
Played a private party November 22, 2015 outside at this beautiful park. Check out the video at 1:00.
Playied a Dinner Cruise through San Diego Harbor, 6:30 – 9:30, October 29, 2015, for Equity Methods, a financial reporting service based in Scottsdale AZ. Very big fun. Josh Becker steel drums on the upper cocktail deck; bad ass. Me main deck for dinner music.
Sawdust Festival dates July 10 and August 21; Orange County Arts Awards October 14, performing for the pre-awards dinner at Leatherby’s Cafe Rouge in the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, 7th consecutive year playing this event.
SAWDUST JULY 10 2015
December 11, 2014: Playing the annual Brewery Artists Lofts Christmas Party–10th year–with Scott Martin and Nathan Cross.
From The Brewery Artists Lofts website:
The creation of the Brewery Arts Complex began in 1982 at the site of the Pabst Blue Ribbon Brewery. With the passing of the Artist-In-Residence code, artists could rent live/work space in industrially zoned buildings. We rented only to artists and that is our policy to this day. In July 1997, the LA Weekly called us “the world’s largest artist-in-residence community” and in a March 1999 Los Angeles Times article The Brewery was quoted as the “world’s largest art complex.” These are true lofts, not apartments, in industrial buildings that are a part of what has become a uniquely vibrant and creative community..
Dave Cross performs solo 7-string guitar on October 22 at the 15th Annual Awards Ceremony, 2014 Orange County Arts Awards, at the Samueli Theater, Segerstrom Center for the Arts–Dave’s 6th consecutive year performing at the event, which celebrates progress and achievements in the cultural life of Orange County and the people who make them happen. Many thanks to Richard Stein, Arts Orange County Executive Director, for producing a seamless and beautiful show.
Playing 7-string instrumental music for the Centennial Celebration of the University of California, Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources, and the Orange County Farm Bureau collaboration. Dressy casual event featuring fine wines, local beers, and a decadent farm fresh strolling dinner with some special culinary surprises. RSVP.
Big fun opening night, June 27, 4:30 – 9:00 solo at the 2014 Sawdust Art Festival. Many old friends–35 years performing at the Sawdust–jazz, blues, original tunes.
Quintet featuring Paul Biondi, Sax, Gus Russell, Keyboards, Merlin Schowalter, Drums, and Jack Niederman bass. Played an hour and a half set of Crossection original R & B, Blues and Jazz compositions. Beautiful park.