Dave was born and raised in southern California, just north of Los Angeles. His interest in music began around the age of 8 from listening to Led Zeppelin and Jimi Hendrix. It was only a couple years later that he began listening to and appreciating Jazz. Dave began playing the drums and the guitar, but at the age of 16 he found a liking for the acoustic bass and took it very seriously.
He moved to New York City in 2004 to attend the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and to study privately with bassist John Patitucci. Dave's versatility and understanding of a wide variety of musical styles quickly helped him become recognized among his peers. These attributes have led Dave to performances with a wide variety of esteemed band leaders including Pat Martino, Dave Glasser, David Binney, and Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Dave currently lives in Brooklyn and performs regularly in and around New York City.