Welcome to the online home of Dennis Winge/ Damodar Das!
A full-time musician for over 10 years, Dennis Winge (also known as Damodar Das) was one of the most ubiquitous jazz and pop/rock/soul guitarists in the New York City area and played with musicians from bands such as Billy Joel, Stan Getz, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock. He performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Music Awards, and in many countries including Canada, England, Scotland, Ireland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, and Austria.
In 2010 he discovered ‘bhakti’ (devotional) yoga and began playing as a sideman at Kripalu, Omega, Ananda Ashram, etc. and was given the spiritual name Damodar Das (“servant of God”). Now, living in the Finger Lakes Region of New York State, he regularly serves the community in the following musical contexts:
– Dennis Winge Jazz Ensemble
– Sacred Chanting (see “kirtan” tab above)
– “The Way” rock cover band (see “The Way” tab above)
– “Mantra Magic” electric kirtan band (see “Mantra Magic” tab above)
– solo performances (instrumental jazz or rock/pop with voice – samples under “audio” tab)
– studio/ songwriting services
Scott Yanow, jazz reviewer for “All Music Guide” & author of 9 jazz books, says: “Dennis is a talented jazz guitarist [who] recalls Barney Kessel, Jim Hall and Pat Martino, but he definitely has his own sound and approach to the modern jazz mainstream. Winge engages in lively and near-telepathic interplay with different bassists and drummers. His music is full of subtle surprises, variety in tempos, moods and grooves, and covers a wide range of styles. The results are quite enjoyable, very musical and a major step forward for the guitarist.”
Dennis has studied with some of New York City’s finest guitarists including Jack Wilkins and Ron Parmentier. Some of the names he has played with in the rock world are Clifford Carter (Paul Simon, James Taylor), Jon Cobert (John Lennon), and Cheetah Chrome (Dead Boys). In jazz he has worked with Bill Crow (Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan); Gene Bertoncini (Buddy Rich, Tony Bennett); Shunzo Ohno (Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock); Bob Meyer (Joe Lovano, John Abercrombie); David Budway (Jeff ‘Tain’ Watts, Regina Carter).
Winge has played events for New York politicians such as Rudolph Guiliani, Andrew Cuomo, and David Dinkins. As for off-Broadway productions, Dennis has played in the pit on Les Miserables, All Shook Up, Footloose, 13, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, as well as portions of Rock of Ages, Wicked, Aida, All That Jazz, Jeckyl & Hyde, and In the Heights.
Click on the ‘calendar’ tab to see where you can catch Dennis/ Damodar this month. Thanks for visiting: enjoy!