Chiefly a jazz musician, Dave left his hometown of Dayton, Ohio in 1983 to move to New York City. It was here that he first toured and recorded with artists such as Buddy Rich, Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson. Frank Gambale commented, "I am deeply saddened. He was a terrific human being and has died waaaaaay too young. No one played like he did. It just goes to show that this traveling, touring lifestyle takes it's toll...sleeping in airports after two hours in a bed that's not your own, trying to sleep on airplanes, playing your heart out no matter how you feel.... Every day is precious my friends... RIP Dave, we love and miss you already. My sincerest condolences to his family." It was also heard hear that the Tierney Sutton Band announced it at her performance in New York City. Prior to her encore, she announced that bassist Dave Carpenter passed away. She dedicated the tune "We Will meet Again," a piece by Bill Evans with lyrics by Karen Gallinger, to his memory. Gary Carpenter passed away June 24, 2008.