Following his initial musical training in Cambridge where he studied classical piano with the concert pianist Philip Mead, Dave attended the first ever Jazz, Rock and Studio Music Summer School at the Guildhall School of Music in London, where he was inspired by tuition in jazz piano and harmony with the late Lionel Grigson.
Since returning to his native Port Talbot, South Wales in 2003, he has accompanied Dave O'Higgins, Steve Waterman, Karen Sharp, and Tommy Harris, and with his own trio has regularly backed award winning saxophonist Simon Spillett.
In 2009, Dave launched his acclaimed ‘Impetus’ (DJT003) trio album at London’s Vortex Jazz Club. The album highlights his output as a composer in a piano trio context, featuring Mark O’Connor on drums and Chris O’Connor on bass.
‘Impetus’ was rapidly followed in 2010 by the highly acclaimed ‘Journeys’ album (inspired by Dave’s visit to Washington DC in 2009 to perform at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival), which sees his new trio with Ashley John Long (bass) and Lloyd Haines (drums) joined on several tracks by the award winning Lee Goodall on saxes, together with horns (Gareth Roberts and Tomos Williams) and occasional strings (The Mavron Quartet).
Dave's increasing interest in composing and arranging for a larger ensemble was reflected in his next album 'Resonance', released in 2012.
In November 2012, Jazz Journal featured an article on Dave and subsequently,he started writing for Jazz Journal, in the form of CD reviews and articles.
In 2013, Dave performed at the first ever Rosslare Jazz Festival (Ireland), the Lorient Interceltique Festival (France) and the 'Aberjazz' Festival in Wales and also at the Waterford and Wexford Arts Centres with a new Miles Davis Tribute Quartet featuring Tomos Williams on trumpet, with Kevin Lawlor (drums) and Andrew Csibi (bass).
In 2016 Dave recorded a new duet album with bassist Ashley John Long, and in 2017 he has just released a new album 'Keynotes' with his regular trio (with Ashley John Long, and Lloyd Haines) and featuring Ben Waghorne on tenor sax.