Bassist David Dunaway, born in San Francisco, showed his talent early by keeping time, on his crib, with songs he heard on the radio. In elementary school he took up the clarinet and, in middle school, studied both saxophone and oboe. In high school, he settled on the baritone sax until he heard the bass work of Paul McCartney of the Beatles. He fell in love with the electric bass, and quickly joined two different bands, without even owning an instrument or an amplifier. He quickly learned songs and their bass lines and before long, was improvising his own bass lines. While in college, David decided he had to chose between continuing with his studies on saxophone or drop out and become a full time bassist. He chose the bass.
After having been strictly an electric bassist, he decided to buy an upright bass. He became proficient so quickly, he found himself in demand for studio work on both instruments.
David has performed with artists such as: John Handy, Della Reese, Andrew Hill, Art Van Damme, Bernie Krause, Listen featuring Mel Martin, Mike Nock and the New Fourth Way, Chet Baker, Gato Barbieri, Candido, John Scofield, James Galway, the Jazz Tap Ensemble, Red Hurley, Cleo Laine and John Dankworth, and the Duke Ellington Orchestra.