education and training
- B.A., University of Washington
Dave Bjur is a professional bassist and teacher. His performing career began in 1977 when he joined the U.S. Air Force Band, playing a variety of styles while performing throughout the Western United States, Hawaii, Guam, Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. In 1988 he toured for six months with the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and in 1993 and 1994 toured with the Paul Smith Trio in the “Tonight with Steve Allen” stage show.
In 1993, he began a four-year role as bassist with the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra. He recorded with the band on the CD “Absolutely!” for Lake Street Records and on “White Christmas from John Pizzarelli’s “Let’s Share Christmas” RCA recording. With the Clayton-Hamilton Jazz Orchestra he toured twice to Japan, including performances with Benny Carter and Diana Krall. While in Los Angeles he worked for Ray Brown as associate producer on Brown’s “Art of Playing the Bass” video series. Studying with John Clayton since 1987, Bjur has also taken lessons with Brown, John Heard and Paul Ellison.
Bjur has been teaching jazz bass at the University of Idaho since 2006. He has additionally taught double bass at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Washington.