The Bio…

Dave Ziegner, an accomplished Bassist/Guitarist/Pianist and composer, spent many years playing Brazilian/Latin jazz in the San Francisco Bay area. In 2005 he was awarded with the City of Marquette’s Community Performing Arts honor. Dave has performed with such greats as Peter Erskine, Mike Stern, Bob Mintzer and others in a variety of styles and can usually be found on the electric or upright bass.


Outstanding Performance Artist – Given to a working community artist who has consistently made an impact in their artistic discipline.
2005 Award Recipient: Dave Ziegner

As introduced by the City of Marquette Arts & Culture Division:

Dave Ziegner has been living and performing steadily in the Marquette area since 1993. During this time he has remained active in a wide variety of musical situations. He grew up in Chicago and Detroit in a household full of music. His father was a classically trained pianist with an extensive record collection that contained artists of all styles. This environment set the tone for Dave’s future as a performer.

During the last 12 years Dave has been a founding member of the Finnish Reggae band Conga Se Menne, band leader for the Latin Jazz group Combo Caliente as well as being active in the local mainstream jazz scene. Throughout the course of the year he can be found in the company of many local players including the Don Bays Trio, Kirsten Gustafson, The Kippola/Ziegner Quartet as well as working as a studio musician for other artists in the area.

Dave is a graduate of Northern Michigan University completing a Bachelors degree in Double Bass Performance and has participated as a clinician and adjudicator for the NMU Jazz Festival. He is also a member of the NMU Faculty Jazz Ensemble.

Dave teaches privately and has also been a summer instructor with Lakeside Strings Association, an orchestra camp for kids of all ages. He resides in Marquette with his wife Diane and their two children Eliane` and Josef.

Through Dave’s passion and talent, he has kept jazz and music alive in Marquette.

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