Dave Gelly MBE (born 28 January 1938) is a British jazz critic. A long-standing contributor to The Observer, he was named Jazz Writer of the Year in the 1999 British Jazz Awards. Gelly is also a jazz saxophonist and broadcaster, presenting a number of shows for BBC Radio 2 including Night Owls for much of the 1980s.
He played with Art Themen and Lionel Grigson in the Cambridge University band, and from the mid-1960s co-led his own quartets and quintets with Frank Ricotti, with Jeff Scott, and with Barbara Thompson. He was also a member of the New Jazz Orchestra, directed by Neil Ardley, which also featured Ian Carr, Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Mike Gibbs, Don Rendell, and Trevor Tomkins.
- As leader/co-leader
- 2001: Strike A Light (Mainstem Records)
- As sideman
- 1968: Le Dejeuner sur L'Herbe – The New Jazz Orchestra
- 1971: A Symphony of Amaranths – Neil Ardley
- 1973: Mike Taylor Remembered (with Jon Hiseman, Barbara Thompson, Ian Carr, Henry Lowther, Norma Winstone, Ron Mathewson, Stan Sulzmann, Alan Branscombe and Chris Pyne, among others)
- 2003: John Williams's Tenorama (Spotlite Records)
- The Giants of Jazz (Schirmer Books, 1986) with Miles Kington
- Masters of Jazz Saxophone: The Story of the Players and Their Music (2000)
- Stan Getz: Nobody Else But Me (2002) ISBN 0-87930-729-3
- Being Prez: The Life and Music of Lester Young (New York: Oxford University Press, 2007)
- Art Themen biography David Taylor's British jazz website. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
- Chilton, John (2004) Who's Who of British Jazz 2nd Edition, p. 147. Continuum At Google Books. Retrieved 28 July 2013.