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Dave Nachmanoff
Photo by Anne Burghard.

Photo by David W. Clements.





This is a small fraction of the venues played, but here are some!

Montreal International Jazz Festival - Montreal, Canada Royal Albert Hall - London, UK
Henegar Center for the Arts - Melbourne, FL Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
The Birchmere - Alexandria, VA Rams Head On Stage - Annapolis, MD
Yoshi's SF - San Francisco, CA Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
Aladdin Theatre - Portland, OR The Triple Door - Seattle, WA
City Winery - New York, NY SPACE - Evanston, IL
Dakota Jazz Club - Minneapolis, MN Chatfield Center for the Arts - Chatfield, MN
Towne Crier Cafe - Pawling, NY Sanctuary Concerts - Chatham, NJ
Caffe Lena -Saratoga Springs, NY Center for the Arts at Natick - Natick, MA
Club Passim - Cambridge, MA Boulton Center for the Performing Arts - Bay Shore, NY
Charlotte Performing Arts Center - Charlotte, MI The Colonial Theatre - Phoenixville, PA
New Hope Winery - New Hope, PA Whitaker Center - Harrisburg, PA
Cactus Cafe - Austin, TX McCabe's - Santa Monica, CA
Barns at Wolftrap - Vienna, VA Cultural Arts Center of Glen Allen - Glen Allen, VA
Edmonds Center for the Arts - Edmonds, WA Kent Stage - Kent, OH
Hugh's Room - Ontario, Canada Capitol Theatre - Clearwater, FL
Kerrville Folk Festival - Kerrville, TX The Great American Music Hall  - San Francisco, CA
High Sierra Festival - Bear Valley, CA South Florida Folk Festival - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Heyde Center for the Arts - Chippewa Falls, WI Poor David's Pub - Dallas, TX
L2 Center - Denver, CO The Folk Club of Reston Herndon - Herndon, VA
Fiddle & Bow Society - Winston Salem, NC  



Dave on Capital Public Radio's "Insight"
      Dave is interviewed by host Beth Ruyak on Capital Public Radio, the NPR affiliate in Sacramento, July 2016.

Appearance on KDRT's "The Folk Brothers" radio show
      Dave is interviewed by "The Folk Brothers" (Peter Schiffman and Bill Wagman) on KDRT in December 2015.

Dave Nachmanoff on "A Patchwork Quilt"

Dave performs a few songs in the studio on this radio station program from 8/29/09.

Kennedy Center video
Watch a video of Dave's appearance at the Kennedy Center in Washington DC! (Dave played second at this show, so you have to go to about the 30 minute mark to see him).

The Chatfield Times article
Article about Dave's work with students at the Chatfield Elementary School in Chatfield, Minnesota.

Moshe Benarroch's Book - The Modern Troubadour
Here is a book about singer/songwriters which mentions Dave as well as some of his contemporaries, including Don Conoscenti, producer of "A Certain Distance."

RivetingRiffs article
This article mentions "Uncorked - Al Stewart Live with Dave Nachmanoff".

RivetingRiffs review of Hugh's Room shows
Review of the Hugh's Room shows (Al & Dave).

Damn Good Tunes review of NW Al & Dave show

Music Arts Monthly interview



Paul Zollo - SingOut! Magazine

"Heartfelt, inspired songwriting…with a delivery both biting and assured. "


R2 Magazine in the UK

"Dave Nachmanoff has lots of friends, which is why Tim Renwick, Mark Griffiths, Stuart Elliott, Peter White & Al Stewart all appear on Spinoza's Dream. Each song is linked to the ideas of a particular philosopher- Stewart's suggestion, apparently- and you know what, it's damned good, particularly if you need an introduction to Kierkegaard."


Rob Ross, Popdose

"Sophisticated but never pretentious or ponderous.  A very fine (or actually refined) effort from Dave Nachmanoff.  File under:  “music for thought”.


Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist

"Nachmanoff approaches those themes with humor and subtlety, generally opting for communication rather than for showing off how smart he is. He also has an impressive stylistic range, jumping from quietly sprightly folk-pop to Tin Pan Alley jazziness to bluesy rock and back again in the space of the first four tracks."

Debra Johnson, Exec. Director at Heyde Center for the Arts in Chippewa Falls, WI

"Chippewa Falls and the Heyde Center LOVED hosting you! Hope to welcome you back again when you are in the area!"


Bob Stane
, The Coffee Gallery Backstage in Altadena, CA

"DAVE NACHMANOFF seems to carry his own electricity with him.  Not in a jar but in his guitar, voice and stage personality.  The lights burn a bit brighter when he is on stage.   The word started that he was sensational before he graced the stage of The Coffee Gallery Backstage and echoed after he left.  I want him back and the paying customers want him back. "


Chris Bennington - Amazon review

"With "Step Up," long-time Al Stewart sideman Dave Nachmanoff has emerged from Stewart's long shadow to offer us a gem of his own. While Nachmanoff has won songwriting awards and plaudits for years, "Step Up" establishes him as one of the best singer-songwriters of his generation. "


Jim Ocean, longtime concert promoter and musician at OceanWorks Productions/

"Dave Nachmanoff is a one man wrecking crew. One of those rare songwriters whose songs grab your attention, and whose monster chops on guitar and piano drop your jaw. He does everything brilliantly -- a writer/performer drenched in talent. Not drums he says... which makes him human.

To those who haven't seen Dave perform, my jaded professional heart says "You gotta see this guy!"  Meanwhile his growing fan base says "Nach On!"


Anthony Salveggi - Creative Loafing Tampa Bay

“Prior to Stewart's arrival, Nachmanoff had warmed up the crowd with a few of his own fine songs and elicited the desired laughter when he described himself as a "recovering academic." But his value to Stewart quickly became apparent as he played virtuoso lead guitar accompaniment, frequently earning rousing applause for his fretwork. Nachmanoff's excellence was evident on Stewart's biggest hits, "Time Passages" and "Year of the Cat," the latter ending the show before a two-song encore. The first was a duet co-written with Nachmanoff called "Sheila Won't Be Coming Home," which found the receptive audience gladly taking direction and singing its chorus."


Michael Heatley - Record Collector

The arrangements are understandably different from their studio versions: News From Spain sees the gifted Nachmanoff successfully pull off an approximation of Rick Wakeman’s piano solo, while Last Days Of The Century see the duo’s guitars spar with unexpected ferocity, earning equally wild applause.


Joseph W Smith III - Williamsport Sun Gazette (PA)

"...Stewart has always nailed top-shelf guitar talent - including Laurence Juber and Peter White - and his current accompanist, Dave Nachmanoff, is no exception. His many rousing solos here are highlighted by the superb "News from Spain," in which Dave plucks out lines originally played by keyboard virtuoso Rick Wakeman...."


Kate Austen-tatious of Seattle, WA - Amazon review

"Guitarist Dave Nachmanoff weaves and tap dances around Al's lyric's to the point that it elevates the songs to a whole new level of enjoyment!"


Dirty Linen

Uncorked mines Al Stewart’s back catalogue and performance style. Stewart is joined by longtime songwriter and collaborator Dave Nachmanoff (possibly the only sideman with a doctorate in philosophy). An alumni of the British folk revival, Stewart’s signature is his melding of folk-rock with historical events and characters. Best known for “Year of the Cat,” Stewart has recorded 18 albums in a thriving career  spanning four decades.


Mike O'Cull - Riveting Riffs

"...High points on Uncorked are many, and they include 'Coldest Winter', and 'Warren Harding'. A bonus on every song is the fine guitar playing of Nachmanoff, who blends with Stewart’s guitar very well and adds considerable musical interest to the proceedings, especially when he steps to the fore on 'News From Spain' ..."


fRoots Magazine

"But my goodness they work up a storm. Dave Nachmanoff has a rare ability to lay down some solid bass lines during the song verses and soar without apparent effort into the most blistering solos - his playing 'News from Spain' is jaw-dropping. It's also extremely well recorded. Highly recommended."


SingOut! Magazine

Al Stewart's name will forever be tied to his breakout hits "Year of the Cat" and "Time Passages". This is unfortunate, because there is much more to this whimsical Scottish folksinger, who weaves humor and historical figures into his polished story-songs. Happily, Uncorked, a collection of 12 songs from Al's back catalogue, recorded live with brilliant lead guitarist and verbal sparring partner Dave Nachmanoff, is a perfect introduction to that "other" Al Stewart.


Peter Kay - Sheffield Telegraph

"...a dazzling acoustic guitarist..."


Paul Ellis

"Well, I am not even done with my first pass through of Uncorked (track 7) but I'm already  confident to say that this is my favorite Live Al Stewart document of all time. That is no small thing in my book. My first specific comment -has- to be that your vocal backup is just exactly right.... That background harmony is fitting Al's songs to a T. Each song so far breathes new, vital life into Al favorites, old and new... the selection of tracks, too, is superb in combining the new, the classicaly lovely, the old and unfairly neglected and the chestnuts. This album stands on it's own -as an album- Your guitar playing is precise and also emotionally charged ... a lot of times it's one or the other. It's just an all around terrific album!"


Ty Ford

"In a three hour songwriting workshop, Dave Nachmanoff led six Baltimore Songwriters Association members through a collaborative, creative and structural process that would otherwise have been impossible. In the end we had written a song that everyone liked and with a melody that remains in our heads. How great is that?"



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