About Dave Kline

Great music man! Great tunes and such warm renditions. I love your musical universe … it’s so fresh and creative ...And keep the music fires burning bright. You know why? Simply because you can! And do it so well.
— Chick Corea

Dave Kline is a fiery electric and acoustic violinist, creating an impact with his fresh take on fiddling. A transplanted Brit, Dave has been performing since 1972, sharing the stage with the likes of Chick Corea, Dwight Yoakam and Veronneau. Dave's music has been featured on NPR and DC's local stations WPFW, WUMC and Takoma Park’s WOW radio. Dave was interviewed for Paris TV station Godjo TV. Dave and his band are based in Washington, DC.  A regular guest of award winning Veronneau on stage and in the studio, Dave has appeared on three of their CD releases Joie de Vivre, which was featured in the US top 10 charts for World and Jazz music, Snow Time, which won the Washington Area Music Association (WAMA) WAMMIE award for Best Jazz Album, 2014 (Dave also engineered and co-produced this album), and Love and Surrender which was in the top 5 of Roots Music Report Wrold Chart for over 15 weeks (which Dave also engineered and co-produced). CBC Music recognized Dave’s violin “gypsy jazz” as adding “color and depth” to Veronneau’s energetic sound. Dave Kline has enlivened audiences at IOTA, Gypsy Sally's, Blues Alley, and other local venues. He has fiddled in repeat performances at Washington, DC area festivals including the Alexandria Jazz and World Festivals, the Petworth Jazz Festival and Takoma Park JazzFest.

Dave's album, Life's Little Mysteries, succinctly demonstrates the breadth of his original compositions. Another album Dave released was EclecticityIn 2017, Dave released Shifting Borders which reached #1 on the Top 50 Jazz Charts with Roots Music.

"La Mer" by Veronneau featuring Dave Kline on violin has almost 20,000 downloads on SoundCloud and almost 45,000 views on YouTube. 

Critical Acclaim for Shifting Borders (2017)

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
Shifting Borders is a cocktail that embraces the music of multiple cultures and merges them together into a melodic brew.
— Blog Critics

“Tropical Bop” from this album was featured on NPR’s All Songs Considered and selected as its Pick of the Month.

The 10 instrumental tracks strike a delicate balance between technique and feel, as well as a unison between modern and ancient sounds — in all producing a diverse and satisfying blend...Dave Kline, the session leader, plays steel and nylon stringed acoustic guitars as well as acoustic and electric violins. He accomplishes this quadruple threat with great style and impeccable tone...What I like most about Kline’s music is that it has drive without being hard-edged, and is musically inventive without losing track of the song’s core melody and structure.
— Steven Stone, Vintage Guitar Magazine

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