Dave Mascall was born in Southend and began playing guitar at the age of 14. He was first inspired by the playing of Jimi Hendrix, Ritchie Blackmore and the like, but when he saw a television programme featuring the late Joe Pass he started to change direction and started to develop his jazz playing skills. He now cites George Benson, Larry Carlton and Lee Ritenour as influences. After playing in local jazz clubs with the likes of Kenny Baxter’s Turntable, Dave joined jazz/funk band ‘Aerial Beagles’ with tenor sax player Gary Plumley. However Dave’s first professional music work began in Canada where he was able to draw on his original influences touring and playing with a couple of show bands throughout Ontario and Quebec. During this period he started to combine his jazz playing with his rock roots to good effect. Returning to the UK, he found himself playing guitar with vocalist Jackson Sloan in local swing band ‘Rent Party’, releasing two co-written singles.
While playing in the Graeme Culham big band, Dave formed a long lasting musical partnership with his good friend alto sax player John Pugh which lead to the formation of the jazz/funk/fusion band ‘Export’, which Dave later co-led with the talented brass player Graham Hunter. Dave was always keen to play original material as well as jazz funk covers and jazz standards and this led to becoming a UK finalist in a Yamaha band competition which in turn led to the release of the jazz/dance track “Whose making Money?” featuring vocalist Al Vosper. Dave then spent subsequent years completing the line up of various different bands and at the same time performing with visiting American soul artists, notably; Junior Walker, Jean Carn, Terry Callier, GC Cameron (Detroit Spinners), The Trammps, Randy Brown, Harvey Scales, The Contours, Betty Levette and many more. He was fortunate to stand in for smooth jazz star Peter White for a brief period playing in the backing band together with top latin percussionist Snowboy for ex Matt Bianco singer, Basia. He then spent some time playing and touring with Sister Sledge, George McCrae, BoneyM, Odyssey, The Drifters and others. Dave formed a commercial rock duo, Skratch, with vocalist and frontman Pete Tobit and this resulted in performing in two soul and motown tribute shows – Reach Out and Sisters of Soul. In addition to pursuing other musical recording and live projects including an unfinished blues album, Dave has been working with jazz and soul singer Lol Williams, played live with The Commitments and The Real Thing.
Dave sometimes performs locally as a solo guitarist in the prestigious Michelin acclaimed restaurant ‘The Sandbank’ and also still sings and plays guitar with long time friend and extremely versatile singer Stephanie Andrews mainly at private functions and the occasional pub or restaurant. He also has a pop and rock covers duo with the talented vocalist Rhonda Gooderham. Aside from all this, Dave is one of the most sort after guitar teachers in his home town, teaching all modern guitar styles to pupils of all ages from absolute beginners to advanced level players and it is this that he says keeps him young. Dave is currently playing a variety of gigs with different line ups. In the New Power Trio (now a quartet) Dave is playing guitar/synth and 5-string bass (not at the same time obviously…I do have my limitations…lol) with legendary free jazz drummer Trevor Taylor and fellow guitarist Alex Field and the superb Mike King on keyboards. There is also the ACID LOUNGE band playing selected tunes from Dave’s ACID LOUNGE albums featuring the extremely soulful vocals of Julia Quinn. A more recent venture has been the NEW PIONEERS ..a blues/funk/rock covers and originals trio featuring Dave on lead vocals and guitar, Geof Harris on bass and Zoltan Pozar on drums. Dave is fortunate that he can still combine these musical ventures with his present heavy schedule of guitar tuition. Life is never dull…Lol
Dave has played guitar extensively at home and abroad from The Ritz to Ronnie Scott’s and from the Albert Hall to the Bluenote club in Japan. It is this experience that has helped Dave develop his soulful playing style combining some of the best elements of funk, soul, jazz and rock.