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Clarinet virtuoso concludes Heartland Concert season

Dave Bennett is a blazing clarinet sensation playing in the swing style of Benny Goodman. (Submitted photo)

A multi-instrument phenomenon, Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who plays electric guitar, piano, drums and vocalizes.

His Tuesday, May 9 performance at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium wraps up the 2016-17 Heartland Concert Association series. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

The purchase of a 2017-18 membership entitles free entry to the evening's concert. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. Admission for non-season ticket holders is $20.

Bennett is the only artist saluting "America's Roots of Pop," covering music from the swing era to early rockabilly and country to Elvis Presley, the Beatles and more.

Entirely self-taught, Bennett began at age 10 on clarinet listening to and quickly playing along with Benny Goodman records. At 12, he was invited by legendary jazz trumpeter Doc Cheatham to the bandstand of New York's famous Sweet Basil Jazz Club. By 14, he was out frequently touring around the U.S. with Michigan's New Reformation Dixieland Band. Later self-taught instruments were the electric guitar and boogie-woogie-style piano.

Bennett plays in the "swing style" of Benny Goodman.

An annual fixture at a dozen American music festivals, Bennett pays tribute to Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley. His original compositions are influenced by the style of Roy Orbison, the "Soul of Rock and Roll."

Bennett has been featured on NPR Radio's "Jazz at Riverwalk." He made his European debut at the 2008 Bern Jazz Festival in Switzerland. His 2013 CD, "Don't Be That Way," met with critical acclaim. His second CD features original compositions influenced by Dave's appreciation of jazz, blues, swing, gospel and pop.

For more information about the Heartland Concert Association, contact Bobbi Zigmant at 732-9293 or Marshall Howe at 218-220-0410 or visit www.heartlandconcertassociation.org.

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