Chris Dave

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Chris Dave
Chris Dave (2019)
Chris Dave (2019)
Background information
Birth nameChristopher Dave
Also known asChris "Daddy" Dave
Born (1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 47)
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresJazz, hip hop, gospel, pop
Occupation(s)Session musician
Years active1993-present
Associated actsRobert Glasper, The Winans, Adele, D'Angelo, Kenny Garrett, Maxwell, Meshell Ndegeocello, Jose James, Kim Burrell, Dolly Parton, Mint Condition, Angus & Julia Stone

Chris "Daddy" Dave is a drummer, composer, and bandleader from Houston, Texas. He attended Howard University. He is an influential drummer in jazz, gospel, hip hop, noted for his extremely virtuosic sticking technique and ability to play with a high degree of syncopation. He performed professionally as a gospel drummer with the Winans, before being introduced to jazz audiences nationally through his association with the accomplished alto saxophonist Kenny Garrett. He performed on Kenny Garrett's album Standard of Language, before joining the Robert Glasper Experiment and performing on Adele's Grammy Award winning album, 21.

Life and career[edit]

Chris Dave was born in Houston, Texas and began his music career in the late 1980s.[1] He started out by playing in church and credits jazz music as his strongest influence.[2] He states that although his father plays drums, he has never actually seen him play.[3] As a teenager, he was exposed to jazz legends like Miles Davis and John Coltrane when listening to music with his father. Chris Dave blossomed on the drums, eventually graduating from Houston’s prestigious High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.

He studied at Howard University in Washington D.C. where he met acclaimed producers and former Prince associates Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Through this relationship, Chris Dave's professional career began as he started working with R&B band Mint Condition.[4]

Dave played drums in Bilal's live band, during the singer's period of touring in the aftermath of his unreleased but leaked album Love for Sale. This included a stint on Jill Scott's The Real Thing Tour in 2008.[5]



  1. ^ "Chris "Daddy" Dave". Drummer World. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
  2. ^ "Chris Dave and the Drumhedz". Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2015-01-31.
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-23.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Swan, Rachel (August 20, 2008). "Rough-Style Romancer". East Bay Express. Retrieved August 18, 2020.

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