Soul Deep Label Releases Papa Dave Chiodo's New Blue Jazz Album

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Soul Deep Label releases BLUE JAZZ where Papa Dave remains true to the 'core' style of blues. It is clear that Papa Dave's World is one of hollow-body electric guitars, where strings are struck and twisted and pulled with a dedicated precision...revealing a creation of new, yet familiar progressive jazz licks that bring a fresh and very exciting perspective to electric jazz, through `Bilderberg Blues' and 'I'm coming home'. Great dance music, too. For my part, I enjoy artists whose work ethic still gives guitar manufacturers a reason to get up in the morning. Great work, Papa Dave!!! -- Paul Fida, Contributor

New York, the birth place of "Cool Jazz" was also the birth place of Northwest Arkansas resident, David Paul Chiodo. AKA "Papa Dave". At age nine, Dave began studying guitar in Niagara Falls and by age 13 was teaching his own roster of students in a private school and playing in the Jazz Clubs in western New York and across the Canadian border.

Dave's personal list of the all time greats include his first instructor, Charley Chirenza, along with Barney Kessell, Herb Ellis, Johnny Smith, Jon Hall, Charley Christian, Wes Montgomery, Jim Hall, Kenny Burrell, Carlos Santana, B.B. King and George Benson...all great performers/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. Eventually, the Apollos evolved into The Birdwatchers to satisfy their "Personal Management's" need for a "Euro style" group to compete with the Beatles. (The Birdwatchers became one of the best groups ever to come out of Florida. (SEE band photos and member names during the Apollos evolution at:

Then Vietnam happened and Dave was drafted and turned in his guitar for a gun. This was an inopportune time for Dave to be yanked out of the music business but he actually formed another group while serving in Europe and though his main job was as a 'Top Gun' rated tank gunner for the Fourth Armored Division (Europe) of the United States Army, Dave still kept up his music. On his return to the States, his first gig was backing Dionne Warwick in Miami. Dave worked with Buddy Rich, Chubby Checker, Carl Perkins, Sam and Dave, The Secrets, Lonnie Mack, The Angels, Ray Stevens, Wayne Carson, The Coasters, George and Gwen McRae, The Drifters, Charley McCoy, Styx and many others either as a musician or as a Audio Engineer.

The Blue Jazz album was produced by J. Michelle Scott for the Soul Deep Label at Morning Song Recording Studios All the guitar work is composed and performed by Papa Dave Chiodo. Keyboardist/Arranger, Mick Henderson - Bassists: David C. Chiodo, A.J. Swanson, Billy Smith take turns being just right for whatever song to which they were assigned.

Percussion: David C. Chiodo and Sammy Smith - Backup vocals: The Michelle Scott Singers
Cut #11 Emmanuel written by Christian Artist, Mick Henderson

'Papa Dave' Chiodo continues his composing and recording with the Soul Deep Rhythm Section, a studio recording group. 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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