About The Dave Kline Band
Timeless cultures, contemporary sound.
The Dave Kline Band blends the modern genres of rock, blues, jazz and folk with the cultural sounds of its diverse 4 piece ensemble featuring: Brit Dave Kline (electric violin), Colombian-American Fernando Mojica (electric guitar), Nigerian-American Olaolu Ajibade (drums), and Senegalese Etu Dieng (bass guitar). Dave Kline formed the Dave Kline Band in Washington, DC. Recognized for its vibrant world sound, the Dave Kline Band highlights its contemporary vibe with ancient cultures including Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East, and Latin America. With high-energy, all original instrumentals, the combustion creates a deep emotional impact with the audience. Guest Artists with the band include French Canadian chantreuse Lynn Veronneau, Ken Avis from North of England on vocals, Zulf Baghirov from Azerbaijan on sax / clarinet and American Dan Paul on keys.
The Dave Kline Band has performed to diverse and large audiences at Blues Alley, Strathmore Mansion, Amp at Strathmore, and Gypsy Sally’s among other notable Washington, DC area establishments. Festival appearances include the Big Band Jam on the National Mall, the Alexandria Jazz and World Festivals, the Petworth Jazz Project, Takoma Park JazzFest, the Manassas Summer Series and the Hyattsville Summer Concert Series. 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 “Shifting Borders” reaching #1 on the Top 50 Jazz Albums.
Olaolu Ajibade aka Papylulu (drums) hails from Nigeria and is a Maryland based multi-faceted studio, live performance and touring drummer, versatile and proficient in many musical genres and styles including African fusion. Olaolu has worked closely with a popular Nigerian music icon known as Dbanj and has toured internationally. Olaolu adds driving African rhythms to the mix complimenting the timeless cultures - contemporary sounds motif of the band!
Fernando Mojica (electric guitar) is an accomplished music educator, teaching around the country at guitar workshops and directing music camps. Fernando Mojica brings soul and string wizardry to the ensemble, enriching the music with his flavor of world, funk, jazz and rock. His recently released collaboration with Colombian Poet Gabriel del Manchón is an exploration of jazz and insightful poetry.
Etu Dieng (bass guitar) originates from Senegal, West Africa. Etu is known for his strong melodic and groove bass lines. Early appearances include performances with world music artists such as Kine Lam, Youssou N'Dour, Ismael Lo, Omar Pene, Baba Maal, Coumba Gawlo Seck, Yaya Leley, and many more from his birthland and surroundings. From 1989 he has featured on more than 50 albums. A composer in his own right, Etu is now working on his solo debut album.