Dave Dreiwitz

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Dave Dreiwitz
Dave at the Sterling Hotel in Allentown, PA 2007
Background information
Born (1966-01-02) January 2, 1966 (age 52)
New York City
Genres Alternative rock, experimental rock, neo-psychedelia, hard rock, lo-fi, jazz
Occupation(s) Musician
Instruments Bass guitar, upright bass, vocals, trumpet, percussion, tuba, cowbell
Years active 1985–present
Labels Chocodog
Associated acts Ween, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, Marco Benevento Trio, Dean Ween Group, Instant Death, Crescent Moon, Bustle in your hedgerow, Moistboyz, The Old Rugged Sauce, Gene Ween Band

Dave Dreiwitz is a multi-instrumentalist, best known as the bassist for the band Ween.


Dave Dreiwitz was born on January 2, 1966 in New York City, New York to traditional jazz musician parents, Richard and Barbara Dreiwitz. His father plays trombone and his mother plays tuba. In 1983, at the age of seventeen, Dave joined the Hoboken, New Jersey based psych rock band Tiny Lights, his first professional band out of high school. In 1986, while attending Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, he met fellow schoolmate and drummer Scott Byrne and through a love of similar music, they started the rock band Instant Death in 1991. Instant Death dissolved with the passing of Byrne in 2005.

In 1997, Dave joined Ween.

Dave also performs in The Marco Benevento Trio, Joe Russo's Almost Dead, The Dean Ween Group and the Led Zeppelin instrumental tribute band, Bustle in Your Hedgerow. He occasionally plays bass with Chris Harford and the Band of Changes, Old Rugged Sauce as well as in his own drum and bass duo, Crescent Moon, which features Dreiwitz on bass and vocals alongside various guest drummers. Crescent Moon drummers have included Claude Coleman of Ween, Tomato from the Sound of Urchin, Eric Slick of Dr. Dog and Joe Russo of Furthur.

Dave has also performed with the Moistboyz, The Gene Ween Band, Andrew Weiss, Mark Mulcahy, Russell Batiste, Billy Martin, Johnny Vidacovich, Lunar Bear Ensemble with John Lunar Richey, John Kruth, Peter Stampfel of The Holy Modal Rounders, Fishermen's Stew, Brook Benton, Hal Willner, Sam Shepard, John S. Hall, King Missile (Dog Fly Religion), Jack Petruzzelli, Greg Di Gesu, Robert Musso Trio, Clem Snide, Joan Osborne and Sparklehorse.

Dave has played bass every year in the core band for The Complete Last Waltz annual rock concert performance since the inaugural show in 2012.



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