Dave Zinno


Dave Zinno has been performing professionally since 1980 and is a faculty member at the University of Rhode Island as well as at Brown University. After his studies at Berklee College of Music and the University of Rhode Island, he moved to Seattle, Washington, where he worked with Grammy winning vocalist Dianne Schuur for one year.

Zinno also performed with jazz greats Julian Priester, Hadley Caliman, Frank Clayton and studied for a short time with Gary Peacock during his time on the West Coast. From there he moved on to New York City where he studied with bassist Walter Booker Jr. and performed with many jazz greats including Jimmy Cobb, Junior Cook, Jimmy Heath, John Hicks, John Medeski, Larry Willis and many others. He began regular tours in Europe, South America, North Africa and throughout the United States and was faculty at the Toulon Jazz Festival Workshop in France for 11 years.

Zinno’s most recent recordings include “Planet Safety” on soul note records (featuring Leo Genovese); “New Stablemates” (arabesque) with Jared Sims, Eric “Benny” Bloom and Steve Langone; “Remembering Billie” and “The Music of Jule Styne” (Blue Duchess) with Scott Hamilton and two new projects with Adam Nussbaum, Jay Azzolina and Dino Govoni (Whaling City).  Zinno also plays in trios behind singer/entertainers Ann Hampton Calloway and Ben Vereen and recently played on a daytime Emmy nominated soundtrack.


  • Berklee College of Music
  • University of Rhode Island