Welcome to the online home of Dennis Winge/ Damodar Das!
Before moving to the Finger Lakes in 2012, Dennis Winge was one of the most ubiquitous jazz and pop/rock/soul guitarists in the New York City area and played with musicians who played in bands that featured artists such as Billy Joel, Stan Getz, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Tony Bennett, Herbie Hancock. He has performed at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall, the Los Angeles Music Awards, and in many countries.
In 2010 he discovered ‘bhakti’ (devotional) yoga and began playing guitar, bass and harmonium as a sideman at Kripalu, Omega, Ananda Ashram, etc. and was given the spiritual name Damodar Das (“servant of God”). Now, living in the Ithaca, NY area he regularly serves the community in the following musical contexts:
– Dennis Winge Jazz Ensemble
– “The Way” rock cover band (see “The Way” tab above)
– solo performances (instrumental jazz or rock/pop with voice – samples under “audio” tab)
– “Blue Train” blues band (see “Blue Train” tab above)
– Sacred Chanting (see “kirtan” tab above)
– “Mantra Magic” electric kirtan band (see “Mantra Magic” tab above)
– studio/ songwriting services
– host of the Ithaca Jazz and Blues Jam (every Sunday 4 to 7 p.m. at Mix, 205 Elmira Rd. Ithaca)
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.
Dennis has 4 albums out that may be downloaded or streamed at the following links:
One Small Step (2019 double-album of 19 originals with Trio)
Come Out and Play (2018 standards live with Trio)
Just the One of Us (2017 solo acoustic originals)
May Your Holidays be Filled with Love (2010 holiday music)
Click on the ‘calendar’ tab to see where you can catch Dennis/ Damodar this month. Thanks for visiting: enjoy!