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Dave Henning originally hails from Troy, Michigan, a suburb north of Detroit. While in high school, he studied both trumpet and piano. During his senior year, he was offered a full scholarship to Case Western Reserve University where he studied in their joint music program with the Cleveland Institute of Music (CIM).

While at Case, his focus shifted from trumpet to piano, and his education shifted from the classroom to the jazz clubs of the Cleveland music scene. By the time he was in his early twenties, he was one of the busiest pianists in Cleveland, receiving the most notoriety with the quartet Miles Ahead which featured trumpeter Melvin Burks, bassist Kevin Muhammad and drummer LaFrae Olivia Sci. In 1996, he recorded with Ed Michaels on the CD Going Beyond which also featured bassist Dave Morgan and drummer Carmen Castaldi.

After moving to Phoenix in 1997, Henning started working immediately, performing a regular gig with Phoenix stalwarts Denise Martin, Steve Millhouse and the late Rob Schuh, eventually leading to that group's 1999 recording, Re-Entry.

In 2002, Henning began his studies with pianist/composer Raul Yanez. In addition to expanding Henning's scope to include Cuban "salsa" music, this period led him to his form own original trio with bassist Chris Finet and drummer Andy Ziker.  The trio quickly received critical acclaim and was invited to play at many of the  concert venues in the area. Along the way, they recorded two live CD''s, Live at Kerr and Live in the Hills.  The trio was nominated for Best Piano Trio and Top New Group in 2004 and Henning finished second in the voting for Top Jazz Pianist in KJZZ''s annual poll of the Phoenix Jazz Scene.

After the success of his trio, Henning decided to take it up notch with DH4, his jazz-funk quartet. That band features saxophonist Mike Krill, electric bassist Tim Paree and drummer Bruce Stodola and performs an esoteric jazz repertoire with an emphasis on groove and communication.

In 2008, Henning was invited to join the band Rakatá, which played a unique blend of Latin-infused pop. Immediately after Henning''s joining, the group became a regular on the chic Scottsdale scene, with steady gigs at the Mondrian, the Valley Ho and even the historic Hollywood Roosevelt.

Henning has never been in more demand than he finds himself now, showing up regularly at local concert venues like The Nash, The Valley Bar, Jazz for the Soul and Sacred Grounds.  Dave performs around all of Arizona with Valley stalwarts like Dennis Rowland, Sherry Roberson, Diana Lee, Jim Nistico, Denny Monce, Tony Vacca, Jack Radavich, and Selwyn Reams and has become a favorite host at the regular Sunday Jam at the Nash.  Henning is currently the pianist for Bones Southwest, a group featuring eight trombones and rhythm section led by Michael Lake as well as the Glenn Davis Quintet which features original music by Davis.  Henning rounds out his musical calendar with Fire and Rain, a James Taylor tribute band, and Sonoran Serenade, a dance band that performs at various large events through the Valley.