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Dave Field


DAVID FIELD (bassist) was born in 1947 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and became a professional musician at the tender age of 15. He moved to Vancouver in 1968 to work with Bernie Senensky. In 1969, he began touring with the famed Fifth Dimension, later joining the Paul Horn Band to tour and participate in a television series built around the band. The Paul Horn Show.

Field relocated to Toronto in 1973, and began working steadily with various bands in all of the city’s jazz clubs, racking up credentials as a sideman with touring jazz greats and name entertainers including Chet Baker, James Moody, George Coleman, Lee Konitz, Red Norvo, Terry Gibbs, Johnny Guarneiri, Don Menza, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Buddy Tate, Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis, Benny Carter, Peggy Lee, Chris Connor, Rita Moreno, Dick Haymes, Charo, Eartha Kitt, Sammy Davis Jr., Robert Goulet, Jimmy Witherspoon, and Maxine Sulllivan.

It was in the mid ‘70s Field was invited to join the Juno-winning Nimmons ‘n’ Nine Plus Six, a band in which he remains bassist to this day.

Throughout his still-thriving career, Dave, Field has played with a long list Toronto greats including Peter Appleyard, Gene DiNovi, Ed Bickert, Bernie Senensky, and dozens of other major jazz stars in both live performance and recording sessions. He is a long-time member of Jim Galloway’s Echoes of Swing Sextet, and a current member of the Dan Bodanis Jazz Band.