Dave Ness, Guitar; Matt Thompson, bass; Kurt Barker, percussion/drumset


Dave Ness Clinic

Dave gave a clinic at the ILMEA convention in Peoria, IL on Friday Jan. 25, 2019 at 9:45 a.m.

DOWNLOAD a PDF of the presentation bleow.  See a video of the clinic (along with other mini lessons) on our youtube channel:


Swinging Strategies for Jazz Ensemble Guitarists

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Swinging Strategies for Jazz Ensemble Guitarists

Dave will demonstrate how to work with student guitarists in a Jazz Ensemble. DOWNLOAD a PDF of the presentation below.


PDF to "Swinging Strategies for Jazz Ensemble Guitarists"  from a clinic that Dave gave at the IMEC 2019 convention.

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Dave Ness Trio


The Dave Ness Trio has been performing  original compositions and jazz standards for over 20 years.  They have recorded three albums of original music- Sketches (2009), Layers (2013) and Grooveness (2018).  Book them today.  email:

Quotes about the Dave Ness Trio from Chicago Jazz Magazine:


"There is no denying his (Ness') superlative skill on the guitar."

“Musical globetrotting is one of the features of this delightful album, with influences ranging from flamenco to Brazilian genres.”

“…creatively accomplished record…” 

“…eloquent and poetic acoustic guitar work.”

“…intelligently crisp and emotionally gritty.”

“Barker’s angular beats and complex polyrthythms are surprisingly soothing…”

“... Matt Thompson’s warm and profoundly resonant bass as he creates a complex and thoughtful solo…."

Dave Ness


David Ness, B.M. Northern Illinois University; M.M. Northwestern University, is a freelance musician in the Chicago area.  He has performed classical and jazz music in the Chicago area for almost 30 years. Currently, Dave teaches guitar, music theory, electronic music and jazz for Libertyville High School. He has previously taught at Northwestern University, Carthage College and College of Lake County.  His article on guitarist Freddie Green can be found in the November 1999 edition of the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal.  Dave is available for private lessons, clinics, and solo performances (such as for weddings).  Dave is skilled in classical and jazz styles.

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