Ruta Maya presents the Dave Christianson Band
It all started when Dave Christianson quit elementary school to accept an offer from the CBS television network to fill a technical position working on their popular “Sing Along With Mitch” Miller program as the reverberation device operator as applied to the ever-present harmonica accompaniment to Mitch’s men’s chorus. Though legally just a youth, Dave had to “ride gain” on the then state-of-the-art plate reverberator and simultaneously ride a crude stationary bicycle as to provide DC power to the fore-mentioned unit. Impressed, both IATSE & SMPTE organizations accepted Dave as a junior member of their trade organizations.
After each rehearsal & weekly live broadcast, Dave would tag along with some of the other CBS stagehands as they took the subway to Harlem where they would frequent “Small’s Paradise” to enjoy jazz & cocktails. Even though Dave was well underage, he did act enough like an adult to fool the Maitre’D & coat check girls. There Dave met the great Billy Eckstein, to whom Dave did demonstrate his talents as a singer, drummer, tap dancer & comedian. Impressed, Mr. Eckstein immediately took young Dave under his wing & taught him about show business, getting Dave hired at Small’s as a novelty performer, since no one had ever seen an 8-year-old white child sing “I’m In The Mood For Love”, play “Drum Boogie”, dance to up-tempo be bop numbers, & spout forth blue anecdotes in front of a mixed crowd.
Dave’s enjoyed a long & illustrious career, having nowadays settled in Texas. Dave’s newest venture is the Dave Christianson Band, which features the innovative bassist & electronic surveillance researcher Dr Pete Richards, guitarist Cmdr Danny Bresett USCG(Ret), & pianist-organist-keyboardist Rev Scott Doyle, an ordained minister for the Church of the Snazarene. Dave & his band perform their own specific brand of soulful but syncopated renditions of blues & soul favorites that everyone likes, as well as presenting Dave’s weirdly cool original compositions, also strongly favored by everybody.
Despite the fact that the vast majority of talent scouts & venue operators don’t know what’s good for them, the Dave Christianson Band have proven to be a crowd-pleasing favorite throughout the great State of Texas, the great Province of British Columbia, and in New Jersey. Although this groundbreaking musical juggernaut is in constant demand, Dave will from time-to-time entertain offers for clubdates, casuals, festivals, & religious rituals.