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 48)
OriginHouston, Texas, United States
GenresJazz, hip hop, gospel, pop
Occupation(s)Session musician
Years active1993-present

Chris "Daddy" Dave is a drummer, composer, and bandleader from Houston, Texas. He attended Howard University. He is a 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 heard 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]


As leader[edit]

  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Mixtape (Glow365, 2013)
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Radio Show (Glow365, 2017)
  • Chris Dave and the Drumhedz - Chris Dave and the Drumhedz (Blue Note, 2018)
  • Chris Dave & Daniel Crawford - Smoke Break (2020)
  • Chris Dave & Daniel Crawford - Cuffin Season (Drumhedz Music, 2020)
  • Chris Dave - Thine People (EP)(Drumhedz Music, Feb 2021)
  • Chris Dave - Thine People Vol.2 (EP)(Drumhedz Music, Aug 2021)

As sideman[edit]

With Mint Condition

With Kenny Garrett

  • Simply Said (Warner Bros., 1999)
  • Standard of Language (Warner Bros., 2003)

With Robert Glasper

With Me'shell Ndegeocello

With Hikaru Utada

With Eric Roberson

  • Mister Nice Guy (Blue Erro Soul/eOne Music, 2011)
  • Lessons (Blue Erro Soul, 2022)

With others


  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.
  3. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: Vater Percussion - Chris Dave. YouTube.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-27. Retrieved 2013-09-23.{{cite web}}: 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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