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Corbus, Dave

Corbus, Dave, guitar (b. Chicago, March 27, 1960). Originally influenced by blues and rock artists like Hound Dog Taylor, Freddie King, Duane Allman, Chuck Berry and the Beatles, Dave Corbus started playing guitar when he was 10 years old. He studied briefly at the Berklee School of Music before playing professionally in Chicago and New York. By this time, he was committed to jazz and his influences included Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Wes Montgomery and Pat Metheny. His trio was the house band at the New York nightclub Augies (now called Smoke) for several years. Before leaving New York, he graduated from New York University. In 1993, he moved to Denver, where he plays regularly with local artists including Billy Tolles, Ken Walker and Pat Bianchi, and visiting artists including Red Holloway, Plas Johnson, Dr. Lonnie Smith, David "Fathead" Newman and Joey DeFrancesco. He teaches graduate jazz guitar students and jazz history at the University of Colorado. He has recorded two CDs under his own name, and has appeared on albums by the organ trio 3osity and Ken Walker. His website is http://www.davecorbus.com

Contributor: Thomas Cunniffe