Bio

Dave Mascall was born in Southend and began playing guitar at the age of 14. He was first inspired by the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and the like, but when he saw a television programme featuring the late Joe Pass he started to change direction and started to develop his jazz playing skills. He now cites George Benson, Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour as influences. 

After playing in local jazz clubs with the likes of Kenny Baxter’s Turntable, Dave joined jazz/funk band ‘Aerial Beagles with his friend and now top sax player Gary Plumley.

 

However Dave’s first professional music work began in Canada where he was able to draw on his original influences touring and playing with a couple of show bands throughout Ontario and Quebec. During this period he started to combine his jazz playing with his rock roots to good effect. Returning to the UK, he found himself playing guitar with vocalist Jackson Sloan in local swing band 'Rent Party', releasing two co-written singles. While playing in the Graeme Culham big band, Dave formed a long lasting musical partnership with the superb alto sax player John Pugh which lead to the formation of the jazz/funk/fusion band ‘Export’, which Dave later co-led with the very talented brass player Graham Hunter. Dave was always keen to play original material as well as jazz funk covers and jazz standards and this led to becoming a UK finalist in a Yamaha band competition which in turn led to the release of the jazz/dance track "Whose making Money?" featuring vocalist Al Vosper. Dave then spent subsequent years completing the line up of various different bands and at the same time performing with visiting American soul artists, notably; Junior Walker, Jean Carn, Terry Callier, GC Cameron (Detroit Spinners), The Trammps, Randy Brown, Harvey Scales, The Contours, Betty Levette and many more.

 

He was fortunate to stand in for smooth jazz star Peter White for a brief period playing in the backing band together with top latin percussionist Snowboy for ex Matt Bianco singer, Basia. He then spent some time playing and touring  at home and abroad with Sister Sledge, George McCrae, BoneyM, Odyssey, The Drifters and others. Dave formed a commercial rock duo, Skratch, with vocalist and frontman Pete Tobit  and this resulted in performing in two soul and motown tribute shows - Reach Out and Sisters of Soul. In addition to pursuing other musical recording and live projects including an unfinished blues album, Dave has been working with jazz and soul singer Lol Williams and has played shows with The Commitments and the Real Thing. Dave sometimes performs locally as a solo guitarist in the prestigious Michelin acclaimed restaurant ‘The Sandbank’ and has been involved in a new jazz project playing 5 string bass with fellow guitarist Alex Field and legendary free jazz drummer Trevor Taylor. Dave also still sings and plays guitar with versatile singer Stephanie Andrews mainly at private functions and works regularly with the talented Rhonda Gooderham in the commercial duo LOST WEEKEND. 

 

The last few years has seen some prolific musical output from Dave with his main interest being the ACID LOUNGE project. The ACID LOUNGE series of recordings is where Dave has been combining his jazz flavoured guitar style with his love of upbeat and laidback dance orientated grooves. While some tracks are squarely aimed at the dance floor, they feature some highly engaging and melodic solos to keep the interest of the ears as well as the feet. Other tracks are more contemplative in mood, where you can close your eyes and be transported to a place of aural relaxation. There has been a number of live performances featuring music from all 4 Acid Lounge albums (soon to be 5) and together with a synergy of like minded musical ideas with saxophonist and fellow producer Ian Thompson, vocalist and co writer Julia Quinn and keyboard supremo Mike King, the future live performances will go under the name of ACID LOUNGE "live".

Aside from all this, Dave is one of the most sort after guitar teachers in his home town, teaching all modern guitar styles to pupils of all ages from absolute beginners to advanced level players and it is this that he says keeps him young.

Dave has played guitar extensively at home and abroad from The Ritz to Ronnie Scott’s and from the Albert Hall to the Bluenote club in Japan. It is this experience that has helped Dave develop his soulful playing style combining some of the best elements of funk, soul, jazz and rock.