At the end of 1968 when Janis left Big Brother and the band broke up Dave became a member of Country Joe and the Fish, touring Europe twice and recording two albums , (Here I Go Again, Paris Sessions) with different ‘Country Joe’ bands. During this time, from 1969 to 1974 Dave lived in Marin County CA and played drums with a number of other great bands: The Nuboogaloo Express ( members of the Sons of Champlain), Pendergrass (with Kathi Mcdonald and Ronnie Montrose), Banana and the Bunch (the Youngbloods) as well as the re-born Big Brother. Big Brother’s post-Janis reunion only lasted two years but in that time between 1970 and 1972 the band produced two albums for Columbia Records “Be A Brother” and the masterpiece “How Hard It Is”: possibly the best recorded example of Dave’s creativity as a drummer and songwriter.
In 1975 Dave moved to Los Angeles where he met his wife, singer and actress, Joan Payne. For several years they wrote and performed together in L.A as part of a contemporary music ensemble called “Passengers”. The group had a loyal and enthusiastic audience and played most of the L.A. clubs and cabarets, but after four years of trying to break though the music scene with a unique and hard-to-categorize show Passengers packed it in.
For Dave Getz this was a great time to finally resume his work as a visual artist.
During the next eight years he threw himself back into his art with tremendous energy and passion. Working from his studio in Santa Monica he produced over thirty limited edition prints, hundreds of paintings, cast paper pieces, collages, and mixed-media pieces. Since 1980 his work has been shown in galleries all over the U.S.A. and Europe and has been acquired by numerous corporate and private collections. Dave also served as exhibition chairman of both the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and the California Society of Printmakers. Many of his print editions can be viewed at www.Davegetz.com
In 1987, a few months after Dave, his wife and baby daughter had moved back to Marin County Big Brother had its second re-birth with Dave giving new rhythmic life to the bands ‘60’s repertoire as well as providing the groove for the bands new material.
Today Dave Getz still lives in Marin Co CA. He is a father and grandfather and continues, as he has throughout his career to juggle art, music, teaching and his other passion, golf. He teaches and has taught both art and drumming at numerous schools including the College of Marin, Drake H.S., Novato H.S., San Marin H.S. and has been on the faculty of Jazz CampWest since 2004.
Dave also continues to pursue his work in the visual arts. In 2005 he was asked, along with eleven other Bay Area artists, including Grace Slick of the Jefferson Airplane, to paint an actual violin to be auctioned for the Marin Symphony. Dave used this opportunity to create an auto-biographical visual metaphor that was a break-through in his evolution as an artist.
These days when not touring with BBHC Dave can be heard playing in several other popular, Bay Area bands including the Joan Getz Jazz Quartet, the Big Money in Gumbo Band, The Macy Blackman band, Jose Neto’s Local Heroes and the Studio 13 Jass Band.
For the last two years he has also been producing a Dave Getz CD of original music that features performances by James Gurley, Peter Albin, David Nelson, Tom Finch and other great Bay Area musicians. Watch this site for news and downloads.
February 22, 2005: Ross Valley Reporter, pg.1: "When Dave Getz left New York for the Bay Area, he hoped to find success as an artist. A few years later he found himself drumming in the band that made Janis Joplin famous..."
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