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 high school.
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
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
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.
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.