Dave Blenkhorn’s guitar playing career began in the 90’s in Sydney , the 2000’s in London and since then in the south of France. Blenkhorn is a hard swinging , blues based improviser who draws inspiration from the music of New Orleans, blues, swing and bebop .

 

Born and raised in Tamworth, Australia he took up the guitar inspired by his older brothers and blues and rock players. With no formal musical education he learned on the bandstand with older musicians in the sydney jazz scene learning the extensive repertoire of early swing and traditional new orleans. Since relocating to europe his musical repertoire was widened further with exposure to the culture and music of new orleans via the ascona jazz festival where he has led bands since 2003. Here he had the opportunity to hear and play with New Orleans greats Herlin Riley, Shannon Powell, David Torkanowsky, Roland Guerin , John and Lillian Boutee to name but a few.Elsewhere has performed with notable artists Jon Faddis, Lee Konitz, Scott Hamilton and Cecile McLorin Salvant.

 

Nombreux festivals, dont notamment Jazz a Marciac, Jazz a Vienne, New Orleans French Quarter Festival, l'Ascona Jazz Festival, ou encore Smalls à New York. 

Parmi ses collaborations, on note John Faddis, Harry Allen, Dado Moroni, Scott Hamilton,Ken Peplowski, Dany Doriz et Leroy Jones.Son parcours professionnel l'entraine loin de son Australie natale, d'abord vers les brumes Londoniennes, ou il devient rapidement très en demande auprès des clubs et festivals; à présent installé en France, il reste néanmoins un artiste international.Son style musical prend ses racines dans la tradition de la guitare Jazz, a la fois Américaine, avec Charlie Christian, et Wes Montgomery, et Européenne, avec bien sûr  l'incontournable Django Reinhardt.