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Sat. March 10th 2018
Saturday Night Dance with Seacruze
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ANAVETS Club 302 Sidney BC (No Minors)
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Dave Pretty

Dave Pretty

Confirmed: Mar. 19, 2018

Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, Pop from Victoria BC
Instruments: Drums, Vocals details

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Age: 57
I play all styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Blues, Country, Latin.

My father was a jazz drummer in Victoria in the 50s (see Mike Pretty). He taught me to play the drums. At about 13 years of age, I began playing drums in the rock band "Ricochet," and then I played with "Joyce and the Blades" and some other minor bands.

In the 1990s, I studied jazz drumming at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at Malaspina University College. I began to play in a jazz quartet called "Four." After this I played with the "Panorama Jazz Quartet," which performed at venues such as: The Empress Hotel, Sooke Harbour House, and The Crystal Gardens. I also played with "Pacific Standard Time" and "The Lindsay Barber Quartet."

In 2004, I was co-founder of the rock band "Wharf Street Band" which was very active in the Victoria music scene during the years 2004-2012. We played gigs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. In 2013 and 2014, I was the drummer with Groovin' Hard Big Band. In Groovin' Hard I learned to read charts which was a great experience. In the summer of 2014, I played with the community band "Soul Source" R and B band. I am currently a member of the jazz-fusion group "The Jazz Houndz". In 2015, I also started working with the band "Seacruze" which does a mix of jazz, pop. Latin, rock etc. .

Some of the drummers that have inspired me the most are Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Philly-Joe Jones. My musical goal is to be a well-rounded drummer that can play a variety of musical styles well within the context of a group. My focus is to play tastefully, keep time and be a good accompanist. I am able to play with sensitivity and dynamics.

Audio Samples

Seacruze New Rough Demo
Demo with Groovin' Hard
Demo with Swingit
Seacruze Rock Demo
Seacruze Light Demo
Wharf Street Demo
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Current Projects

SeacruzeDrums and Vocals2015-present

Past Projects

Soul SourceDrums2014
The J-TonesDrums2014-The End
Groovin Hard Jazz BandDrums2013-2014
The StreetDrums, Vocals2011-2013
Lindsay Barber QuartetDrums2006-2009
Pacific Standard TimeDrums2005-2007
Wharf Street BandDrums2003-2012
Al DenoniDrums2002-2006
Panorama Jazz QuartetDrums2000-2005
Four (jazz quartet)Drums1997-2000
Joyce and the BladesDrums1980
Ricochet - VictoriaDrums1975-1977
Available for paid gigs
Available for serious projects


Listing last updated/confirmed Mar. 19, 2018