Dave Venn is a St. Louis Jazz Scene icon.  He was born, raised and received his musical education in St. Louis.  While still in college Dave began his professional music career as a tenor saxophonist, performing with the Jazz Central group and various other local bands.

Jazz in St. Louis in the 1960s was flourishing – Gaslight Square, The Playboy Club, DeBaliviere area, etc… with more opportunities for pianists than saxophonists; Dave began his career as a jazz pianist.

Dave has accompanied many nationally-renowned singers and instrumentalists who have performed in St. Louis. He is in demand both as a soloist and in larger ensembles, regularly appearing at the top clubs, hotels, concerts, and other venues throughout the area. The Riverfront Times acknowledged this in naming Dave “Best Local Pianist/Keyboardist.” The solid success, wide appeal, and distinction he enjoys only serve to underscore his on-going musical growth and freshness.

Dave Venn lives with his wife, Jeanne, in University City, Missouri and is the father of David Venn, the senior editor of,’s Spanish Web site.