"Dr. Dave's" Bands

These are some of the bands Dr. Dave has either headed, is in or
has been a part of in the past number of years.

Swing and Jazz

Jazz Neophytes

"Dr. Dave"'s own easy listening jazz band! This quartet played popular jazz standards, such as Ain't Misbehavin', In My Solitude, It Don't Mean a Thing, My Funny Valentine and Tequila. The band, consisting of guitar, saxophone, bass and percussion, this crown pleasing band was a favourite at night clubs and private parties. It played for an extended period at the Rainbow every Wednesday afternoon from 5 to 7 pm

Rickey Roy's Virtual Swing Band

This fun band headed by Rickey Roy with Dr. Dave on guitar plays at the Casino du lac Lemay Gatineau (Hull) in the Salon Royale Fridays and Saturdays with a strong accent on the swing thing as well as other musical territory.

Brian Downey Big Band

The Brian Downey Big Band is a 16 piece swing orchestra that performs at high profile venues and private parties in the Ottawa-Carleton region, such as the Museum of Civilization, the Tulip Festival, the Congress Centre, Chateau Laurier and Westin hotels, etc. The material includes many Count Basie and Duke Ellington standards, and jump tunes. As a member of this fine orchestra, "Dr. Dave" provides solid rhythm and tasteful solos. Standard instrumentation includes double bass, four trumpets, five saxophones - all of whom are soloists, and three trombones. Local jazz diva Francis Gould completes the band, providing scintillating vocals. Swing dancers of all ages swear by this orchestra!

R&B, Motown, Soul, Funk and Blues

His searing guitar solos, solid rhythm, and impeccable technique and showmanship continue to delight Ottawa's discerning blues and R&B audiences. "Dr. Dave" appears regularly at top Ottawa area venues blues venues, such as the Rainbow Bistro, the Bayou, and Crackers, where he can be seen with::

The Maria Hawkins Band

The Maria Hawkins Band is a quintet that plays Blues, R&B, and Rock with a hard driving, audience pleasing intensity. Maria Hawkins, Ottawa's "Queen of the Blues" delivers strong, sultry blues vocals. In addition to providing scintillating guitar playing, "Dr. Dave", who is now involved in other music projects, served as the band's musical director and arranger for five years. This band COOKS!

The Lap Band, featuring Billy Mitchell

The Lap Band is a quartet that perorms soul-stirring, hip-shaking renditions of classic Soul, R&B and Funk songs that are sure to please the most discriminating of audiences. This band opened for Burton Cummings at Kingston's Riverfest this year.

The versatile members of the Lap band includes Doctor" Dave Foster, on quitar, Steve Trecarten on saxophone, and Brian Downey on drums.

Now for the trivia!

It was actually Billy Mitchell who gave Dave the moniker "Doctor Dave".

This quartet's show is always well received at night club venues, and the guests at private parties and events are sure to be wearing out the dance floor.

The Brian Downey Little Band

"Dr. Dave has also been part of Brian's smaller band featuring Frances Gould, Doctor" Dave Foster, on quitar, Steve Trecarten on saxophone, and Brian Downey on drums.


"Dr. Dave" and Blue Express

"Doctor Dave" and Blue Express is a high-energy, classic rock quartet
covering favourites from the 60's through 70s, with a driving edge
that is perfect for dancing.

This quartet delights audiences at rock venues and private parties.
Their repertoire also includes blues, funk and swing tunes. This exciting
band is sure to get your customer's cabooses out of their chairs and onto
the dance floor.

"Doctor Dave" Foster fronts this band, providing scintilating guitar
solos and strong lead vocals.


"Dr. Dave" Foster is a well known musician within the Ottawa
music circuit, where he performs with several exciting local bands.

He can be seen at the following regular venues:



Wednesdays - 5 to 8 pm

Dr. Dave ... Dave Foster's mostly jazz and blues standards with some soul, funk, pop and rock - 5 to 7 pm

76 Murray St.

2nd & 4th Sundays - 4 to 7 pm

Dr. Dave is lead vocalist and guitarist with BD and the Blu-Tones

Atomic Rooster - 303 Bank St. near MacLaren

Contact or Booking

For more information or to book the band,
"Dr. Dave" may be contacted at: 613-325-5889

or by e-mail (click below):

Dr. Dave's" Resumé


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