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Oct 21, 2017

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Aug 18, 2016

This class will focus on the improv concepts used by the great alto sax improviser Paul Desmond. Recording Friday night in NYC, looking forward to sharing this with you)

Aug 12, 2016

Hi phrends, I'm happy to announce that I'll be presenting a solo concert followed by a master class on the greatest pianist who ever lived, Keith Jarrett) This will be live at NYC's best piano jazz club, MEZZROW, on Sunday November 13th. Concert at 5, Keith class at 6. Consider joining me for a scintillating evening!

More later, alligators.

Jun 2, 2016

Get up close and personal with the world's GREATEST jazz guitarist! Pat discusses his early years, practice habits, the sacred geometry of the guitar, the "study of opposites", his theory of rhythm and much, much more. This video is like hearing a lecture from the Buddha and then the Buddha plays the greatest jazz guitar solos you ever heard) Features 2 new SMOKIN' duo performances by Dave Frank and Pat Martino, and some gorgeous solo guitar performances. YAY PAT!

Watch An Evening with Pat Martino now!

Feb 12, 2016

Game On - I'm happiest to announce that I will be presenting a master class with legendary guitarist Pat Martino on Sunday, May 22nd at 4 PM at the beautiful Cunningham Piano theatre in downtown Philadelphia. We'll be talking about Pat's career and history, and we'll seek Pat's counsel on all elements musical, practical, and jazzical, and Pat and I will play duo together. This should be a BLAST, do consider joining us for an enlightening afternoon with an American Treasure)

Jan 29, 2016

Hi guys and dolls, you are invited to enjoy my new Instagram account at:

There you find lots more opportunities to give me your approval and pseudolove, plus daily tidbits on our favorite subject: jazz jazz jazz. My ego and inner child thank you.

Oct 12, 2015

New Master Class Coming Soon: Beginning Jazz Improvisation Part 3 - Adding Arpeggios and Extensions to Your Line.

I'll be recording this class in NYC this weekend. Should be online soon!

Jun 2, 2015

Thank you, to those who came to Mezzrow in the Village on Saturday for my Solo Concert/Master Class: The Art of Developing a Solo - The Music of Lyle Mays w/ the Pat Metheny Group! We had a BALL!

Mezzrow is the Cat's Meow, it's the greatest jazz piano club in the world. The ambience is perfect, the Steinway is marvelous, and you can hear the A train rumble underneath you every so often) I had a chance to do a short interview with Spike Wilner after the class, he hipped us to who Mezz Mezzrow was and introduced us to the fantastic scene he has created for our enjoyment. Jazz hasn't been happening in NYC like this since Bird,Diz,Trane, Bud and Lennie were leaving their mark on the Apple. Take advantage of the scene and let's all help make it cook!

The concert and class will be up on YT and on the master class archive at within a couple of days.

Blessings and keep swingin!
Dave Frank

May 12, 2015

Hi musick lovers, you are chord-ially invited to a taping of a master class on the music of Lyle Mays with the Pat Metheny Group and a solo concert by yours truly at Mezzrow, 163 W 10th St. on Saturday afternoon, May 30, from 4-6 PM.

We'll be analyzing Lyle's *incredible* solo on First Circle as recorded on the DVD More Travels, and I'll play a solo set first. The bread is $20 for all, and there will be a 16 drink minimum. This will be BIG FUN at a great time of the week at the hippest club in NYC, consider joining us, do!

Blessings and keep swingin!

Apr 14, 2015

I'm pleased to invite you to a solo concert and a master class on the great playing of pianist Lyle Mays at NYC's HIPPEST new jazz club, Mezzrow, located at 163 W 10th St, Basement, from 4-6 PM on Saturday, May 30th. After I play a solo set we'll be analyzing Lyle's classic solos with the Pat Metheny Group. Beautiful stuff)

The bread is $20 for the concert and class, there is a 27 drink minimum per person.

Apr 9, 2015

Y'all are invited to sit in on a cyberspace jazz lesson with two of my advanced jazz piano students, Gary Staples and Jonathan Hooper. Topics covered in this lesson include learning to burn, playing over modal changes, various LH comping techniques and much more. This is real 27th Century FUN, join us for a jazz lesson in space!

The video can be found on Youtube or the Lessons page.

Mar 6, 2015

We've added a forum to our website! As of today you can communicate directly with Dave, fellow DFSOJ students and others. It's brand new, so we need your help to get it off the ground and ensure it becomes an active, engaging, interesting place to visit.

Feel free to take a look around or register right away!

Mar 2, 2015

Last performance of the Borthers of Contrapuntal Swing at the Somethin' Jazz Club: Next Sat 3/7 9-11 PM

Friends and fellow felt freaks, please consider joining us for the end of a wonderful one-year run at the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor. The club will be closing its doors at the end of March, and will change its name to the NOTHIN' Jazz Club at that time.

The Bros. include Dave Frank, piano, Larry Meyer, guitar, Jimmy Halperin, sax, Ratzo Harris, bass, and George Hooks, drums. We hope you can join us, there is a $12 cover and a 30 drink maximum. Thanks to all who participated in our last year of performance, it was a life highlight for us all.

Blessings and keep swingin!

Feb 12, 2015

All videos from the Bret Primack (aka the Jazz Video Guy) Interview can now be watched on Dave's YouToube Channel and here on

Feb 4, 2015

Hi jazz hounds, you are chord-ailly invited to a live performance (hopefully) of the BCS this Saturday night from 9 -11 PM at the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor. We will be playing none of your favorite tunes. The Brothers include Dave Frank, Jimmy Halperin, Larry Meyer, Ratzo Harris (I'm walking heah) and George Hooks.

There is a $12 cover and a 40 drink maximum. Join us for a kilowatt of energy for your nervous system.

Blessings and keep swingin'

Jan 24, 2015

The first two parts of Dave's four part Master Class Series on Beginning Jazz Improvisation are available now! So, head over to the Master Class Archive and start improvising today.

Jan 23, 2015

Join Dave for a solo concert recorded at Small's before his Erroll Garner master class. Tunes include American Gothic, Portrait of Manet, and Turning it Loose! There is a $0 cover charge and a no drink minimum:)

Jan 16, 2015

I'm thrilled to report that I am now working with The Jazz Guy himself, Bret Primack, to help spread the gospel of jazz through his video channel. Bret is the top jazz video man on YT, and has devoted his life to tirelessly spreading the music we all love worldwide. He has over 25,000,000 hits to date (how's that for jazz?). He will be distributing my master classes on his channel and we'll be creating original content together. Here is our first interview clip about the GREAT Lennie Tristano:

Jan 15, 2015

Friends and Folks, I'm THRILLED to share this NEW in-depth master class on the playing of the great Errol Garner. Ths class begins with a new performance "Turning it Loose!" and uses video and audio examples to explore the stylistic elements used by EG.

It's free for thee, blessings and keep swingin' from NYC

Jan 5, 2015

Stay tuned for a couple of brand new Master Classes on Beginning Jazz Improvisation and Errol Garner. Subscribe to my YouTube channel and be the first to see all new videos.

Blessings and keep swinging from New York City!

Jan 5, 2015

Thank you to everybody who participated in the Erroll Garner master class today at Small's. The video should be online soon...

Dec 30, 2014

Music freaks, please join me this Sunday, Jan. 4th from 5-7 PM at Small's, 
183 West 10th Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. I'll be presenting a solo jazz piano concert PLUS a master class on the great jazz piano icon Erroll Garner.

We'll be exploring Erroll's unique style though video and audio recordings, and I'll play my tuchus off for you during the solo set) This is a big break for me to perform in the downtown Manhattan jazz scene, your presence would be thoroughly appreciated. There is a $20 cover at the door.

On another *note*, Parts 1+2 of Beginning Jazz Improvisation, a 4 part Youtube Master Class series, are being edited and should be online next week.

Blessings and keep swingin!

Dec 24, 2014

Friends and folks, I invite you to join me on Jan 4th (5-7 PM) for a combination solo concert and Erroll Garner master class at the great Small's jazz club, 183 West 10th Street. This is a nice break for me into a new and exciting Manhattan jazz scene, your presence would be truly appreciated (PLEEZE COME haha) I'll also be interviewing Spike Wilner, who has engineered and pulled off a renaissance in jazz in NYC with his clubs Small's and the new Mezzrow club. We'll watch and analyze groovy Erroll Garner video clips, and I'll play my ass off for y'all. The evening will be turned into a YT master class.

Swing in the New Year, thank you so much for your ongoing friendship and support. The master class series beginning Jazz Improvisation, Parts 1 + 2, are in the can and should be up by 2015. I'm excited to share this with ewe.

Dec 10, 2014

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Dec 10, 2014

For my friends, fans and foes, this weekend I'll be recording the first in a *new* YT 4- part master class series, BEGINNING JAZZ IMPROVISATION. The series is intended for players of all instruments as a way to BREAK THROUGH to the process of improvising in the jazz idiom. Part One will be Intro to Chord Mapping.

Your prayers are appreciated).

Dave Frank

Dec 3, 2014

My next YT master class project will be a 4-part series for beginning jazz improvisers. I'll be recording the first two segments, Chord Mapping and Improvising over Progressions, on 12/13 in NYC.

Dec 3, 2014

This Thursday 12/4, my group the Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing will be playing 2 sets at the Somethin Jazz club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd fl, from 9 -11 PM. We are now playing with the MONSTROUS bass player Ratzo Harris, this guy is a beast) Please join Larry Meyer, Jimmy Halperin, and George Hooks, myself and Ratzo for what will be a slammin evenin! There will be a 5 oz minimum of Pepto Bismol during each set and a 12 banana covercharge.

Nov 10, 2014

Y'all are chord-ially invited to the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E. 52nd St., 3rd floor, this Wednesday 11/12 at 9 PM. I will be presenting my first solo performance in 2 years for your listening and dancing pleasure. The evening will include a wide range of styles including ballads, burners, vamps and tune-poems. The cover is $12 and there will be no drinking of any sort on the premises)

Thank you all for your friendship and support, I'm a happy man.

Nov 7, 2014

NYC Fire Dept. (Dave Frank, piano, Jimmy Halperin, sax) performs Lennie's Pennies Take 1 + 2. Watch it here!

Nov 2, 2014

The Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing Live in NYC!

Next Saturday night 11/8 from 9-11 PM at the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St. 3rd Floor. Superb bassist Ratzo Harris will be joining myself, Larry Meyer-guitar, Jimmy Halperin-sax, and George Hooks -drums for what should prove to be a burnin Saturday night on the Street.

Cover is 12 bananas, the first 10 people will get an Ethel Merman Mono LP.

Oct 21, 2014

You are *chord-ially* invited to a solo jazz piano performance at the Somethin' jazz Club, 212 E 52nd st, 3rd Floor, on Wed eve, 11/12, at 9 PM. I'll be playing selections from my recent CD with Ethel Merman, titled
"Dave and Ethel Clash Styles."

I'll be including different solo piano approaches including walking basslines, original ballads, vamps, burners and tune/poems. There will be a $12 cover charge and a 2 Pepto-Bismol minimum per set. You should feel *real* good after the performance)

Help us to create a new jazz scene on old old jazz street!

Oct 21, 2014

Located in a basement on W. 10th St., jazz pianist and visionary Spike Wilner has created a spectacular new club for serious jazz-lovers. it's the HOTTEST thing in NYC right now, featuring a magnificent Steinway Grand that sounds fantastic, great pianists playing 7 nights/week, and an intimate funky atmosphere just right for listening. Highly recommended! A GREAT jazz listening scene has returned to our beloved city, let's help support it!

Sep 30, 2014

Friends and assorted beboppers, join us this coming Thursday night, Oct. 2nd, from 9-11 PM at the Somethin' Jazz club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor for a performance by the contrapuntal men. Big fun for little bread ($12 cover).

Help us to create a new jazz scene on an old jazz street!

Aug 27, 2014

Hi gang, you are *chord*-ially invited to enjoy an upcoming performance of the Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing next Thursday night, 9/4 at the Somethin' Jazz Cub at 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor from 9-11 PM. The Brothers include myself on piano, Larry Meyer, guitar; Jimmy Halperin, saxes; Daryl Johns, bass; and Gringo Hooks, drums.

Cover $12. All who attend will be treated on arrival with a bucket of icewater as is the latest trend) Help us to create a new jazz scene on an old jazz street!

Aug 19, 2014

Hi fiends, I've put four new Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing music videos online. Dave's Solo on CydoniaLennie's Pennies Solos Only, Lennie's Pennies Complete, and Peach.

Blessings and keep swingin from 52nd St.

Aug 6, 2014

Hi fiends, I'm pumped to inivte you to a new class, titled Learn to Burn! This class is intended for intermediate to advanced players, presenting 3 specific exercises to help you to take your playing to BURNSVILLE!

Blessings and keep swingin from 52nd St.

Aug 6, 2014

Hi jazzfriends, you are *chord-ially* invited to join us for a performance this Thursday, 7/17 at the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor, from 9-11 PM.

Help us to create a new jazz scene on an old jazz street! There is a $12 cover and a 3 oz. drink maximum. We will swing successfully!

Jul 17, 2014

I'm excited to share the news with you that I'll be recording my next master class this Sunday in NYC, called "LEARN TO BURN!" This class will be intended for intermediate/advanced players who want to learn how to develop their improv abilities to the point of "Burnin" (metronome 200 and beyond). The class will include technical exercises for developing monster chops and specific improv exercises that will give you the ability to play at *Godspeed*.

I'm hoping to have this online sometime next week.

Blessings and keep Swingin!

Dave Frank

Jul 10, 2014

Hi jazzphans, you are *chord-ially* invited to join us for a late-night session next Thursday, 7/17 at the Somethin' Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd floor, from 11 PM-1 AM. Hopefully that is not past your bedtime. At 1 AM we'll be serving everyone a large glass of warm milk.

Help us to create a new jazz scene on an old jazz street! The first 10 people will get nothing special just for showing up..

Jun 1, 2014

Welcome to my new website!

Please feel free to look around, and enjoy the music and videos. New audio files and video will be added on a regular basis. If there is anything I can do to help you in the pursuit of your musical dreams, feel free to email me at

Blessings and Keep Swingin'!

May 28, 2014
Dave is starting his next weekly Google+ online group on Thursday, May 29th 2014. New groups will be starting at regular intervals for different levels of players, write to Dave for more information.

May 28, 2014
Dave will be teaching students at the Moscow Jazz Summer Camp via skype on June 9th, 2014. It may be possible to tune into this, write to Dave for info.

May 28, 2014
The next performance of the Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing will be at the Somethin’ Jazz Club, 212 E 52nd St., 3rd Floor, on Thursday, June 19th, 2014, from 9-11 PM. Cover charge is $12. Help us
to create a new jazz scene on an old jazz street :)

May 28, 2014

Dave’s most recent master class, the Science of Touch - 5 Ways to Control Your Piano Sound, is now online and can be seen here:

Master classes planned for the near future include classes on McCoy Tyner, Herbie Hancock, The Development of the Jazz Line, and others. If you have any ideas for future master classes, feel free to contact Dave at


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Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing

Dave has recently formed a burnin' quintet, the Brothers of Contrapuntal Swing, that performs regularly in NYC and elsewhere. The Brothers include Dave Frank on Piano, Larry Meyer on Guitar, Jimmy Halperin on Saxophone, Bill McCrossen on Bass and Skip Scott on Drums. Read more...

About Dave

Dave Frank is one of the busiest solo jazz pianists and music educators on the scene today. He is the author of the best-selling Hal Heonard book and video series, Joy of Improv and Breakthrough to Improv, was an Associate Professor of piano at Berklee College of Music in Boston from 1987-2004, and was a co-founder of the New York School of Jazz (1983-86). In 2004 Dave moved to New York City to direct the Dave Frank School of Jazz in midtown Manhattan. Read more...


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