Dave Bowler - drums and vocals
David Bowler (Dave) was born in 1957 in Portland, Maine into a family of jazz musicians. At the age of five, Dave took his first drum lesson with his grandfather, also a drummer and trombonist. During the high school years and playing primarily rock music at the time, he enrolled into the Jazz and Popular Music Program at the University of Maine.
During this time, Dave helped to found Maine´s premier Jazzrock Band "The Franklin Street Arterial" and joined several other Jazz and Swing groups, playing with musicians like Willie Nelson, Willie Dixon and Kilimandjaro. In 1983 he moved to New York City to further his musical career.
After working with numerous local Jazz, Rock, Pop, Funk and Rhythm & Blues Bands, Dave became a member of the famous Ahmad Jamal Trio. In the period 1987 through 1993, Dave went on several world tours with Jamal and recorded six CDs. Some unforgettable live performances include Jamal Live with the Jazz Crusaders, with Roy Haynes and with the Philip Morris All Stars, all in famous NYC venues.
Dave also appeared on the Los Angeles Television Show "Red, Hot & Cool", hosted by Nancy Wilson, with guests including George Duke and Stanley Clark. During that time, he was introduced to some of the greatest legends in Jazz, among others Kenny Burrell, Chick Corea, Dizzy Gillespie, Stephane Grappelli, Johnny Griffin, Hank Jones, James Moody, Clark Terry, Kirk Lightsey and Grover Washington jr.
He had the opportunity to become a friend and student of the legendary original drummer of the Ahmad Jamal Trio ? the late Vernel Fournier. From 1995 until today different European Tours followed with artists including Lynda Hopkins, Cynthia Utterbach, Joan Faulkner, and Veronica Martell.
Dave lately worked with numerous artists across Germany and Europe, including the New York-born pianist Reggie Moore, the Italian Guitar Virtuoso Augusto Mancinelli, and the pianist Gottfried Böttger. Dave´s homebase for most of the year is Hamburg, Germany. He became a member of Addi Münsters Old Merry Tale Jazzband in 2002.