Dave Barton first studied guitar by trying to copy Chet Atkins records at the age of 10. Dave started gigging in dance bands at 16, with musicians that talked like they were in New York in the ’50’s :

        "Hey Davey-Daddy! Bring your axe and we'll wail!"

Those musicians were great mentors!  Dave  went on to study classical guitar, composition and education at Queen’s University in Kingston Ontario, (BMus 1981 and BEd 1982) and to study jazz as a lifelong vocation. Dave taught high school band and guitar classes, and was also a guidance counsellor and special education teacher. 

Dave Barton is a jazz guitarist, studio musician, arranger, composer, percussionist and private teacher working in jazz, pop and classical music. He has performed with many of Canada’s great jazz players in concerts and on recordings, most notably recording and touring with the late jazz trumpeter Kenny Wheeler. Recently he was featured in duet performances at the Prince Edward County Jazz Festival, withToronto musicians, saxophonist Alex Dean, jazz violinist Drew Jurecka and saxophonist Tara Davidson.

Dave's large-form compositions have been performed by the Toronto Jazz Orchestra, the Greg Runions Big Band, Brasswerks, and the Queen's University Jazz Ensemble.

Dave is a busy performer, composer, arranger and teacher, Dave has performed live in all venues: jazz clubs, musical theatre, recordings, concerts, teaching privately and in the St. Lawrence College Music and Digital Arts program.

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About Dave

Dave Barton

Dave Barton is a jazz guitarist, arranger, composer, and teacher based in Kingston, Ontario

First Tuesday

of every month

6PM to 9PM

Dave is currently teaching at St. Lawrence College’s Music and Digital Arts, teaching guitar, ear training and sight-singing.

Dave is “fluent” in both jazz and classical guitar, able to help prepare students for auditions in both types of programs at university.

Dave’s successful high school music teaching career and varied experience makes him a positive addition to any adjudicator team in music festivals.

Areas of expertise:    Jazz bands of all styles, Jazz guitar, Classical guitar    

The Isable Bader Theatre

LINKS

Youtube channel - contains indulgent multitracks and instructional videos: 
 
Soundcloud site
 
My guitar was made by J.P. Laplante!
 
Dave plays percussion and writes for Brasswerks brass ensemble (website under renovation)
 
My son Paul Barton writes awesome music!

 

Contact Dave

 

 

Dave and Paul Tynan giving a workshop

Teaching

Dave has a Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University. Dave taught high school music for 22 years in both traditional band classes and guitar classes. Dave was also a guidance counsellor and special education teacher.

Learning to improvise jazz is like learning to speak a language. We learn our first language by immersion, and by "jamming with better players” Organized jazz instruction teaches the musical grammar and helps with the vocabulary of improvising.

Thanks to Victor Wooten for the above language analogy in his book “The Music Lesson”.

Recordings
As a leader:
Solo Performance:     The Solo Standard                           A collection of old and recent standards on solo classical guitar
The Dave Barton Trio:    Snapshot                                       A trio release featuring 7 original compositions and 3 standards
With others:
Greg Runions Septet        Something Old, Something New    https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/
Mike Cassells                     Motianless                                          https://mikecassells.bandcamp.com/album/motianless 
The Kingston Jazz Composers Collective             
                                             The Newcourt Sessions Vol. 1 and 2
                                             Times and Places                              https://kjcc.bandcamp.com/
The Greg Runions Big Band, Sweet Home Suite                     https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/album/sweet-home-suite
Featured soloist on the track Living Lonely
The Queen’s University Alumni Big Band,   Oil Thigh              Composition, (used to be a) Simple Tune
Greg Runions Quintet But Not Forgotten  -                              https://gregrunions.bandcamp.com/album/but-not-forgotten
               with guest artist Kenny Wheeler
Over 100 albums as a session musician on guitar, electric bass and drums
 
Compositions
Dave has written numerous jazz tunes, big band compositions, brass ensemble works, and solo classical guitar works.  Listen to demos on the Soundcloud  page and E-mail for a detailed list of available scores/leadsheets
Arrangements
Dave has arranged standards and new original music for ensembles ranging from small pop combo to combined symphony orchestra-big band, recently Quinsin Natchoff’s piece, African Skies for the Greg Runions Big Band, and How High the Moon , for vocalist Yoon Sun Choi  with the Kingston Symphony and the Greg Runions Big Band (Photo above)
 
  
 
 

Trio featuring Sue Graff on vocals and Paul Clifford on bass

Jazz Guitar Heroes-

A Jazz Journey

Trio featuring Dave Young on bass and Terry Clarke on drums

https://www.queensu.ca/theisabel/content/jazz-guitar-heroes-dave-barton-trio

Olivea Restaurant

39 Brock St. Kingston

Saturday, October 26 2019

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