Dave is “fluent” in both jazz and classical guitar, able to help prepare students for auditions in both types of programs at university.
Dave’s successful high school music teaching career and varied experience makes him a positive addition to any adjudicator team in music festivals.
Areas of expertise: Jazz bands of all styles, Jazz guitar, Classical guitar
Last Saturday of every month at the RCHA Club in Kingston with the Big Phat Horn Band as guitarist and arranger
July and August 2023 - Sunday Brunch in the Black Dog patio 11:30 -2:00 with the Rich Bannard Group
Dave and Paul Tynan giving a workshop
Dave has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Dave taught high school music for 22 years in both traditional band classes and guitar classes. Dave was also a guidance counsellor and special education teacher.
Learning to improvise jazz is like learning to speak a language. Organized jazz instruction teaches the musical grammar and helps with the vocabulary of improvising.
Thanks to Victor Wooten for the language analogy in his book “The Music Lesson”.
As a leader:
Trio Music - Bandcamp release
New and old compositions recorded in isolation
Solo Performance: The Solo Standard
A collection of old and recent standards on solo classical guitar
The Dave Barton Trio: Snapshot
A trio release featuring 7 original compositions and 3 standards
Greg Runions Septet Something Old, Something New https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/
Mike Cassells Motianless https://mikecassells.bandcamp.com/album/motianless
The Kingston Jazz Composers Collective https://kjcc.bandcamp.com/
The Newcourt Sessions Vol. 1 and 2
Times and Places
The Greg Runions Big Band, Sweet Home Suite https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-home-suite
Featured soloist on the track Living Lonely
The Queen’s University Alumni Big Band, Oil Thigh Composition, (used to be a) Simple Tune
Greg Runions Quintet But Not Forgotten - https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/album/but-not-forgotten
with guest artist Kenny Wheeler
Over 100 albums as a session musician on guitar, electric bass and drums
Dave has written numerous jazz tunes, big band compositions, brass ensemble works, and solo classical guitar works. Listen to demos on the Soundcloud page and E-mail for a detailed list of available scores/leadsheets
Dave has arranged standards and new original music for ensembles ranging from small pop combo to combined symphony orchestra-big band, recently Quinsin Natchoff’s piece, African Skies for the Greg Runions Big Band, and How High the Moon , for vocalist Yoon Sun Choi with the Kingston Symphony and the Greg Runions Big Band (Photo above)
Dave Barton first studied guitar by trying to copy Chet Atkins records at the age of 10. Dave started gigging in dance bands at 16, with musicians that talked like they were in New York in the ’50’s :
"Hey Davey-Daddy! Bring your axe and we'll wail!"
Dave went on to study classical guitar, composition and education at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, and to study jazz as a lifelong vocation. Dave taught high school band and guitar classes, and was also a guidance counsellor and special education teacher.
-jazz guitarist, studio musician, arranger, composer, percussionist and private teacher working in jazz, pop and classical music.
-performed with many of Canada’s great jazz players in concerts and on recordings,
-large-form compositions have been performed by the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Greg Runions Big Band, Brasswerks, and the Queen's University Jazz Ensemble.