​Dave Ness Trio Dave Ness, guitar                    email: davenesstrio@gmail.com          Kurt Barker, percussion;  Matt Thompson, bass


For 20+ years, I have taught private lessons to all ages and taught at the elementary and collegiate level and given many clinics.

I have performed solo recitals and played with Chicago groups that perform Classical, jazz, rock, funk, and latin styles of music.   

"Layers," the second album by the Dave Ness Trio, received a fabulous review in Chicago Jazz Magazine.  
Here is a link to the review:

BIO for Dave Ness

This is what Chicago Jazz Magazine had to say about “Sketches” :…there is no denying his superlative skill on the guitar ...he has created a thoughtful and highly listenable CD…Ness’s playing is derivative of Grant Green’s mid-career recordings…tasteful flights of improvisation...


Click on the link above to the review of Sketches in Chicago Jazz Magazine


Classical and jazz solo guitar.

Dave Ness Trio




Private lessons   

David Ness, B.M. Northern Illinois University; M.M. Northwestern University, is a freelance musician in the Chicago area. Currently, Dave teaches guitar for District 128 (Libertyville High School and Vernon Hills High School).  He has previous taught music courses at the College of Lake County and at Carthage College. In the past, he has taught jazz courses at Northwestern University and was the guitar instructor at Judson College. Dave is a sought-after clinician, having taught and presented clinics at many schools in the Illinois and Wisconsin area. Dave is featured on recordings on Southport Records and has arranged music for Danilo Perez, pianist; Shirley King, blues singer and daughter of B.B. King; and Judy Roberts, pianist and vocalist. One of his arrangements can be heard on Shirley King's album "Daughter of the Blues." His arrangements have also included three big band arrangements for Tom Tallman's jazz ensemble at the College of DuPage. His article on guitarist Freddie Green can be found in the November 1999 edition of the International Association of Jazz Educators Journal. He regularly can be found performing in the Chicago area in classical, latin, and jazz groups. Dave released his debut recording "Sketches" by the Dave Ness Trio in 2009.  It consists of all original compositions by Dave.   He released his second recording "Layers" to critical acclaim in 2013.


Clinics            Dave, Matt and Kurt at a Chicago Public School