David John “Dave” Cliff was born in Hexham, Northumberland in 25th June 1944. He began his career playing rhythm and blues in the Newcastle area. In 1967, he moved to Leeds and gained a diploma in jazz studies from Leeds College of Music while studying wit
h bassist Peter Ind and Bernie Cash.
In 1971, after moving to London Cliff became established on the local scene. During 1976-1977 he toured Holland, Denmark, Italy and the UK with the Lee Konitz - Warne Marsh Quintet. The following year Cliff toured the UK with Soprano Summit (Kenny Davern a
nd Bob Wilber). He worked increasingly as a freelance from the 1980s on.
His first album under his own name, "The Right Time" was recorded in 1987. It featured Geoff Simkins on alto, and was the first of a number of albums with Geoff, with whom Cliff has collaborated extensively.
Cliff has appeared frequently at Ronnie Scott’s jazz club in varied settings including Georgie Fame's Blue Flames, Mike Carr Trio, Irene Reid, the Dick Pearce Sextet and the Bruce Adams Quartet. He has worked extensively with visiting American musicians, i
ncluding Slide Hampton, Nina Simone, Kenny Davern, George Masso, Spike Robinson, Herb Geller, Lanny Morgan, Harry Allen, Buddy Childers, Lew Tabackin, Mundell Lowe, Bucky Pizzarelli, Jack McDuff, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Richie Cole, and Ken Peplowski.
In 1998 Dave won the BT Jazz Awards in the guitar category.
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