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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 as a regular at local concert venues like The Nash, The Valley Bar, Jazz in the Hills and Sacred Grounds.  When not leading his own DH4 quartet, he is also the pianist for Miguel "Mambo" DeLeon in his Latin jazz group "Carte Blanc" as well as his 12-piece salsa band, the "El Mambo Orchestra." He also pays tribute to his mother's full Italian heritage playing with tenor saxophonists Jerry Donato and Jimmy Nistico in the Italian Tenors, a quintet that puts a jazz twist on Italian classics, as well as Il Complesso, a trio featuring Pete Gitlin and Italian singer Davide Valenti.  Henning rounds out his musical calendar with Sonoran Serenade, a dance band that performs at various large events through the Valley.