Dave Hertzberg

Bassist, Composer, Bandleader


Bassist Dave Hertzberg is the leader of Hearts & Bones, one of the most exciting bands to emerge from New York City’s burgeoning neo-bluegrass scene.  Hertzberg is also active as a bassist in an eclectic array of genres ranging from from cumbia to klezmer.  Hertzberg is a longtime member of Pablo Mayor's renowned 13-piece Colombian big band Folklore Urbano; the Rafi Malkiel Ensemble, a group that fuses latin, jazz, and middle eastern sounds; and the Shul Band, a quintet whose repertoire spans from ancient Jewish liturgical melodies to klezmer- and bluegrass-inluenced original compositions.  He has appeared on numerous recordings and has performed on both national and international tours.

Based in Brooklyn and featuring some of New York City's top jazz and bluegrass musicians, Hearts & Bones has quickly become one of the most compelling bands on New York City's burgeoning newgrass scene.  Their debut album, "Don't Lose Sight of Your Song," features five innovative Hertzberg compositions, two Paul Simon classics reimagined as modern bluegrass instrumentals, and a harmonically sophisticated interpretation of the traditional American folk song "Wildwood Flower."  Hailed by WNYC’s David Garland as “fiery music that will get your pulse moving,” Hearts & Bones is a band that defies category while staying true to its myriad musical roots.