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The first role of really great swing violin is there AIN’T ANY RULES and Dave Kline truly invents his own on his most recent recording. To the novice ear violinists are compared to their predecessors but, to the trained ear, adept violinists explore the continental drifts and divides. Dave Kline is a violin virtuoso who transcends genres from old-timey fiddling to waltz time to gypsy jazz and finally fusion. But don’t take my word for it. Go and find out for yourself.
— Harry Schnipper, Owner, Blues Alley, Washington DC
Kline, a violinist, essentially plays any kind of music where jamming is permissible. Funk, bluegrass, calypso, Brazilian jazz… earthy stuff. Kline is an improvised musician and that’s just about the size of it. But improvise he does, and he’s got serious chops. He also works frequently with another D.C. Brazilian jazz specialist Lynn Veronneau, who’s got chops to spare as well. Beyond jazz, but with definite grasp of its core ideals, and able to swing and groove with the best of them.
— Michael J West, Washington City Paper
Shifting Borders leads with a clear message that Kline is all about prodigious music, strong melodies, and infectious rhythms.
— All About Jazz
A world jazz violin tour de force.
— Midwest Review

Man, you've created an amazing amount of fresh new music - for one CD! I was interested and entertained the whole way through. Keep on going! Wonderful, man!     - Chick Corea on Shifting Borders

Dave Kline is a fiery electric and acoustic violinist, creating an impact with his fresh take on fiddling.

The Dave Kline Band blends the modern genres of rock, blues, jazz and folk with the cultural sounds of its diverse 4 piece international ensemble featuring: Brit Dave Kline (electric violin), Colombian-American Fernando Mojica (electric guitar), Nigerian-American Olaolu Ajibade (drums), and Senegalese Etu Dieng (bass guitar). Recognized for its vibrant world sound, the Dave Kline Band highlights its contemporary vibe with the ancient cultures of Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Latin America. High-energy, all original instrumentals, create a deep emotional impact with the audience. The music is accessible to audiences of all ages and tastes and above all is fun to listen to and watch.

The Dave Kline Band has performed to diverse and large audiences at Blues Alley and Gypsy Sally’s among other notable Washington, DC area establishments. Festival appearances include the Petworth Jazz Project, Takoma Park JazzFest, and the Hyattsville Summer Concert Series, Manassas Summer Sounds Series, Alexandria Jazz and International festivals. Their shows have been featured in the Washington Post, DCist, and the Brightest Young Things DC Outdoor Concert Guide 2015. In 2015, the band was featured on WMUC's "Hot Jazz" and appeared on WPFW's "Live at 5".

The Dave Kline Band has released several albums of original music with its most recent album released in 2017 titled Shifting Borders reaching #1 on the Roots Music Report Jazz Chart for 4 straight weeks in October 2017, staying on that chart for over 10 weeks and ending up at #8 for the year overall. Also reaching #12 on the North American College Radio Jazz Chart.

The band is also available as a 5 piece with keyboards, vocals or other formats on request.