Dave received his bachelors degree from U.S.C. in Jazz and Commercial Guitar. Since graduating Dave has gone on to lead a very diverse musical career; he has performed with a wide range of artists, whose genres range from jazz to classical, pop, rock and country.

Dave was an original member of the highly successful pop/jazz band, Kilauea. In addition to touring the county with Kilauea, Dave performed on four CDs, two of which went "Top 10" on the Billboard Music chart. While performing with Kilauea, Dave released his own jazz CD, “That Goes to Show Ya,” which made it to the airplay charts and was heard around the country.

Dave has performed with jazz artists as varied as Art Davis, Brandon Fields, Eric Marienthal, Tony Guerrero, Bobby Shue, Warren Hill, and many others. Dave has also performed with '60s pop stars Mel Carter and Jackie Deshannon.

Currently Dave has released two CDs with his trio, Toxic Jazz, and also performs with the Frank Sinatra Big Band, Wartime Radio Revue (Big Band), and the hottest cover band in Orange County: The Tijuana Dogs. 

In the summer of 2002, he performed and toured along the East Coast with “Steely,” an independent artist with a national release and airplay.

Dave continues to be very active as a session musician playing on numerous independent releases, as well as arranging and writing. Dave has written, arranged and recorded original music for Universal Studios theme parks, as well as composed original music for “Muzak” which is heard around the world.


Dave continues to be involved with education, teaching the studio guitar course at Orange Coast College and several private students and has written his own guitar book.

Coming Soon!

© 2019 Dave Murdy. Created by Katie Brand Communications.

  • Dave Murdy's YouTube
  • Facebook Clean