The Dawning

David Dyson


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Born in Rapid City, South Dakota on April 3, 1965, David Dyson relocated to Washington, D.C. with his parents at an early age of two. He began his education in D.C. public schools, later moving to the metropolitan Washington area and attending Maryland public schools. During this period, David played baritone (euphonium) in school and in county orchestras earning superior ratings on his instrument.

After hearing recordings of Larry Graham and Louis Johnson, the desire to switch to the bass was overwhelming. At age 12, David's parents presented him with a beginner's bass guitar.

Excelling rapidly, he eventually achieved the "outstanding bandmember" award during his high school senior year. After witnessing David's participation in school, church, local top 40, R&B, funk and Go-Go bands (along with numerous studio sessions with local gospel artists), his parents were convinced that his talent was worth nurturing and supportive of his matriculation at Berklee College of Music, where more growth ensued.

Exposed to various idioms, David was able to absorb an array of musical flavors, as well as perform in diverse musical situations. Upon graduation, David locked in the position of bassist with Polygram recording artist, Walter Beasley.

In January 1989, he was called to audition for Maurice Starr (Producer of New Kids On The Block) and landed the gig. Eventually, earning the position of musical director, David helped to take their live show to an unprecedented pinnacle.

In February, 1992, he moved on to tour and/or record with a vast selection of artists spanning from world renown jazz saxophonist, Chico Freeman, to R&B fame of songwriter/singer/bassist and 1997 Downbeat Poll winner Me'Shell N'degeocello.

In December, 1999, David formed an allegiance with Marimelji Entertainment Group which led to the release of "Soulmates," nationally, though Warner Brothers (WEA). His second release, "The Dawning" also garnering critical acclaim, was released on his own label "Lohandfunk."

Throughout his career, David has earned quite a reputation as a bassist, songwriter, arranger and producer. He continues to strive for excellence as one of today's most promising artists.

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  • 21 MAR

    David Dyson's Groove Squad

    venue SoBe Restaurant & Lounge 10621 Greenbelt Rd., Ste. 201
    Lanham, MD 20706

    tickets FREE

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  • 27 Mar

    w/ Pieces Of A Dream

    venue Berks Jazz Fest 700 Penn St, Reading, PA 19602

    tickets $56

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  • 31 MAR

    w/ Secret Society

    venue City Winery Wash., D.C. 1350 Okie St NE, Washington, DC, 20002

    tickets $22

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  • 1 Apr

    w/ Unit 3 Deep

    venue Blues Alley 1073 Wisconsin Ave. NW Washington, DC 20007

    tickets $28
    8PM & 10PM

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  • 3 Apr

    w/ Jonathan Butler & Gerald Albright BOSCOV’S BERKS JAZZ FEST HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL APRIL 9-18, 2021

    venue Berks Jazz Fest DoubleTree by Hilton Reading / Grand Ballroom

    tickets TBA

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  • 11 Apr

    w/ Pieces Of A Dream Easter Jazz Spectacular

    venue Detroit Opera House 1526 Broadway St, Detroit, MI 48226

    tickets $65

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  • 15 Apr

    w/ Gerald Albright Budapest, Hungary

    venue Béla Bartók National Concert Hall 1095 Budapest, Komor Marcell utca 1, Budapest, Hungary


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  • 18 Apr

    w/ Pieces Of A Dream Las Vegas City of Lights Jazz and R&B Festival

    venue Government Amphitheater Las Vegas, NV

    tickets $110

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  • 24 Apr

    David Dyson's Groove Squad

    venue SoBe Restaurant & Lounge 10621 Greenbelt Rd., Ste. 201, Lanham, MD 20706

    tickets FREE

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  • 25 Apr

    BassWay 2020 Bass Clinic featuring some of the world's top Bass Clinicians from all music genres, who will be sharing their knowledge of touring, playing, grooving-do's and don'ts when playing in a band and/or with a band. This is the 2nd year and we're so excited!

    venue Westerre Conference Center 3831 Westerre Pkwy., Richmond, VA 23233

    tickets $75

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  • 29 Apr - 3 May

    Warren Hill Los Cabos Jazz Festival Warren Hill’s Los Cabos Jazz Festival 2020 presents Najee, Eric Darius, Will Downing, Sheila E, Keiko Matsui, Pieces Of A Dream, Avery Sunshine and Special EFX All-Stars featuring Chieli Minucci, Gerald Veasley, Karen Briggs , Eric Marienthal, Lao Tizer, Joel Rosenblatt.

    venue Hard Rock Hotel Los Cabos, Mexico

    tickets $1575

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David Dyson w/ Unit 3 Deep performing Unleashed - Bethesda Blues Jazz & Supper Club


David endorses: SoloStrap Neo™ and Krane Utility carts


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David endorses: Skjold Design Guitars

Skjold Design Guitars

"My Skjold basses are the first basses I've ever owned to totally satisfy my performance and sonic needs. Every studio session and every performance is a pleasure and the versatility of tones is unparalleled. I am totally SOLD ON SKJOLD!." - David Dyson
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David endorses: Wayne Jones Audio Amps and speaker cabinets

Wayne Jones Audio

I am proud to announce that NAMM 2016 has yielded my being newly endorsed by Wayne Jones Audio Amps and speaker cabinets. I'm honored to be onboard with this great company and product.

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