New York, the birth place of 'cool Jazz' was also the birth place of 'Papa Dave' Chiodo. At age nine, Dave, began studying guitar in Niagara Falls and at thirteen was sneaking into the Jazz Clubs across the Canadian border. Dave's personal list of the all time greats include his first instructor, Charley Chirenza, along with Barney Kessel, Herb Ellis, Johnny Smith, Jon Hall, Charley Christian, Wes Mongomery, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and George Benson, all great performer/ musicians whom Dave emulated and enjoyed. By 1958 Dave's family had moved from New York to Florida where Dave organized a group called the Apollos in the Palm Beach area. This group was signed to the Mercury record label. The Apollos evolved into The Birdwatchers, One of Florida's best known bands, to satisfy Mercury's need for a 'Euro' group to compete with the Beatles. Then Vietnam happened and Dave was drafted and turned in his guitar for a gun. This was an inopportune time time for Dave to be yanked out of the music business but he actually formed a group while serving in Europe and though his main job was a Top Gun, 'tank gunner' for the United States Army, Dave kept up his music. On his return to the States his first gig was backing Dionne Warwick in Miami. Dave worked with Chubby Checker, Sam and Dave, The Secrets, Ray Stevens, The Coasters, George and Gwen McRae, The Drifters, Charley McCoy, Styx and many others. 'Papa Dave' Chiodo continues his composing and recording with the Soul Deep Rhythm Section. And finally, following 'Papa Dave's' natural inclination, and to be sure the circle will be unbroken, he shares his knowledge to 'pay it forward'. 'Papa Dave' is a master teacher.
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