A participant on some important dixieland-oriented recordings although never a major name himself, Dave Bowman was a solid and swinging pianist. He was born to Canadian parents who raised him in Hamilton, Ontario. Bowman started on piano when he was four. After studying at the Pittsburgh Music Institute, he played professionally in Canada with Ken Steele (1933-36) and worked in Europe with Jack Hylton's Orchestra. Returning to New York, Bowman was with Sharkey Bonano, Bobby Hackett (1937-39), Bud Freeman's Summa Cum Laude Orchestra (1939-40), Jack Teagarden's Big Band, Joe Marsala, Muggsy Spanier (1941-42) and Eddie Condon before worked as a studio musician at ABC and NBC.. Later on Bowman was back with Bud Freeman (1954-55) and then settled permanently in Florida where he freelanced including with Phil Napoleon in 1964. He died in a car accident in 1964 while driving home from a gig. Dave Bowman, who first recorded in 1938 with Bobby Hackett and Sidney Bechet, only cut two selections ("Stars Fell On Alabama" and "Blues") as a leader (in 1946 for Signature) but appeared on many records as a reliable sideman.