Dave Kish began collecting vinyl before he was two years old, at one
point amassing over 200 45s from his siblings and family (usually without
their consent) while he could barely walk. When it was discovered that
he learned to read off of record labels, however, his family indulged
him graciously, and soon a succession of close-and-play phonographs and
records followed suit.
By the age of five, his tastes had already taken serious shape, with his
siblings often having to buy him the latest by James Taylor, Carole King,
Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell and similar artists-if
only to avoid having their copies scratched up. His sister Carole had
to bribe him at the age of six with two albums - "Train Songs"by
Johnny Cash and The Doors' "Morrison Hotel" - before he would
participate in her wedding. Being the son of a Methodist minister ensured
that his life was filled with plenty of singing and hymns were always
a favorite part of the service for him. Eventually he began participating
in plays and concerts, as well as studying piano, guitar and drums but
always preferring to sing above all else, and even writing a rap with
a religious theme as part of his performance in "Godspell"in
Radio was a big influence as well and he would often host imaginary programs
at home to amuse family and friends, often making up commercials on the
spot while spinning two jerry-rigged turntables. After high school, Dave
attended school at Emerson College where he perfected his craft, and hosted
many programs on the two college stations. Reggae, folk, punk, blues and
soul music were among his many passions (and continue to be), and he spent
countless hours scouring used records stores along with kindred spirits
in between school and radio programs.
Dave became a convert to jazz after hearing Albert Ayler in college, and
thus began a whole new quest to absorb as much of it as possible. The
free jazz movement of the 50s and 60s proved to be the catalyst of his
passion, but he soon discovered the majesty of artists like Duke Ellington,
Thelonious Monk, Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane, Count Basie, Art Tatum and
Charles Mingus, and began collecting many recordings by these artists
as well. A summer resident of Martha's Vineyard since the late Sixties,
Dave settled there in 1989, following in many a relative's footprints.
He wrote music reviews for the Martha's Vineyard Times for many years,
and hosted a weekly Sunday afternoon Jazz jam at the Wintertide Coffeehouse
in Vineyard Haven, acting as an emcee for many talented musicians, and
spinning many gems from his collection in between sets.
Dave has hosted "Sunday Morning & All That Jazz" since the
spring of 1997, and has always been a champion of all types of jazz, old
and new, from all parts of the globe. Always willing to take chances,
Dave has greatly expanded his range to include extensive features on jazz
vocalists, Bossa Nova, African funk, vintage soul, Latin and European
jazz, among many other types of improvised music.
His favorite music magazines are Wax Poetics, Straight No Chaser, Jazz
Times and Togetherness. His favorite jazz labels are Blue Note, Verve,
Fantasy, Stones Throw, Whatmusic.com, Daptone, Ubiquity, Perfect Toy,
Ricky Tick, Sonorama, Whaling City Sound, Schema, P-Vine, Chiaroscuro,Dunejazz,
Goldmine, Ace and Rev-Ola. His favorite shops for esoteric music are dustygroove.com,
earlyrecords.com, parisjazzcorner.com, Stereo Jacks in Cambridge and intoxica.co.uk.
Dave's most memorable mvy moment that he can share: Shamu, the onetime
mascot cat of mvy, jumped onto the soundboard during a newscast and proceeded
to purr heavily into the mic before pushing it away from Dave and attempting
to lick his face. Needless to say, the news was truncated that morning,
as Dave cracked up and had to explain his situation to listeners while
booting the cat out of the studio.