“Chris Dave has emerged as the most important drummer to impact on jazz since the late Tony Williams.”– John Fordham, The Guardian
Chris Dave's assent as one of he greatest drummers in the world began to take shape. His open interpretations of rhythm and his ability to conform to each musical setting differently led to many new opportunities and platforms.
Born in Houston, Texas, drummer Chris Dave, also known as Chris "Daddy" Dave, began his music career in the late 1980s. Chris Dave is one of the most revered and in demand musicians of his generation. His eccentric approach to the drum set and his ability to adapt to any musical setting, whether jazz, hip-hop or R&B, has put him in a category of his own.
Chris Dave got his start, like many musicians, playing in church. Although gospel music was an important facilitator of Chris Dave's early style development, he credits jazz music as his strongest influence. As a teenager, he was exposed to jazz legends like Miles and 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.
Chris Dave has been around the world and back playing for and recording with some of music's most established and iconic artists including: Adele, Maxwell, D'Angelo, Beyoncé , Kenny Garrett, Terrence Blanchard, Wynton Marsalis, Pat Metheny, Donald Brown, MF Doom, Bilal, Lupe Fiasco, Me'shell N'Degeocello, Lalah Hathaway, Ledisi, Sonny Rollins, the Robert Glasper Trio/Experiment, Pharoahe Monche, TLC, Toni Braxton, Kevin Mahogany, Kim Burrell, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Common, Talib Kweli, Jill Scott, A Tribe Called Quest, Mint Condition (Janet Jackson World Tour), Michelle Williams, Dianne Reeves, Sa Ra, Geri Allen, Yolanda Adams, Soulful Symphony, Reginald Veal and more.