Jazz pianist Dave McKenna was best known for his solo work and his trademark left-handed bass style. He
began his musical career at the young age of 15 when he started playing with Boots Mussulli. In the years that
followed, he collaborated with the likes of Charlie Ventura and Woody Herman’s Orchestra.
In 1954, after returning from two years in the army, McKenna began working with musicians such as Gene
Krupa and Stan Getz. He made many recordings as an accompanist, but most markedly as an unaccompanied
soloist. In 1966, McKenna and his family moved to Cape Cod, and he began to work less f