|Jazz Guitarist Dave Braun, has been performing with his Jazz trio in the Midwest for over 30 years. He has been playing Friday nights at the Hob Nob Restaurant in Kenosha Wisconsin since 1995. Dave is also a regular at the Yardarm Bar and Grill since 1983.
Influenced by his father Joe Braun, a locally well known tenor banjo player from Racine Wisconsin, Dave started out strumming chords on a ukulele when his was very young. Dave remembers, “I used to sit on the floor and watch him play melody and chords on the banjo. His playing was so emotional that I could feel his heart coming right through the instrument. He showed me my first chords, how to hold a pick and the correct fingerings for scales.” It would not be until Dave was 19 when he starting taking lessons from Gary Wolk to learn how to read music. Two years later he was accepted as music major at the University of Wisconsin.
Dave is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Parkside with BA in Music. While there he studied classical guitar under James Yoghourtjian and played in the jazz ensembles under Tim Bell. After graduation he went on to study for over 10 years privately with jazz guitar legend Joe Pass. He has also studied with Jazz guitar legend Barney Kessel.