Dave Venn was born and raised in St. Louis and chose to stay here to pursue his career. Early piano lessons began at age 7 continuing on with woodwind instruments in high school and a degree in music from the St. Louis Institute of Music, all the while working “gigs” all over town on both piano and saxophone.
In the early 60’s jazz was flourishing in Gaslight Square and the DeBaliviere strip area, and the Playboy Club was opening offering many opportunities for talented jazz musicians. Dave toured with some greats like Nancy Wilson, performed concerts with Freddie Hubbard, Zoot Sims and was a participant in the acclaimed Oliver Nelson Workshop, Eventually he decided that piano was his main love and has dedicated his work exclusively to that instrument.
David Sanborn said of Dave recently that he was highly influenced by him while growing up in St. Louis and found him to be the “epitome” of the Jazz Musician” and urged people to “run, not walk, any time they are able to hear him.”
It has been said by many, that his harmonic approach and lyricism are masterful and that his interpretations are “elegant and sophisticated”.
Through the years, he has been a featured soloist for multiple concerts at Jazz at the Bistro, several seasons with the St. Louis Symphony Pops Concerts, other concert venues, clubs, hotels, etc. and has an upcoming appearance in the Phoenix area as the featured performer.
Dave is the past winner of the Riverfront Times best keyboard player and is the 2014 recipient of the Musician’s Union Local 2-197 Owen Miller Award, a prestigious recognition from his peers.