Barbour told Bain he was working with Tommy Dorsey at the Casino Gardens in Los Angeles, and that he was going to stay in town when the band went on the road.Barbour arranged for Bain to sit in with the band one night and when Dorsey asked if he would like to play with the band, Bain responded with a resounding, Sure!

Since that move, he has played with Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd and singers Carol Sloane, Ernestine Anderson, Susannah Mc Corkle, Rosemary Clooney, and Joe Williams.

During this period, he worked and recorded with the Concord Records artists Howard Alden, Frank Vignola, Jimmy Bruno, and Stef Scaggiari.

It was titled Surging Ahead and got 5 stars in Down Beat.

That session led to another important connection in Colin’s career.

He also played on albums by Mel Torme, Peggy Lee, and Rosemary Clooney.

In the 70s, a young, talented crowd of guitarists raised their axes and slowly began to dominate.

This was the start of a life long friendship between Colin & Joe. That same kind of friendship happened with The Victor Feldman Trio's Victor and Monty Budwig (the great bass player) and Colin. In September of 1963, Colin was called to sub for Tony Williams in the new Miles Davis Quintet. Miles had spent several nights at The Scene (the club that Colin was playing in with Victor Feldman) because he wanted Victor to be the piano player in his new band. There were more jazz greats to play for on various shows: Cannonball Adderly, Errol Garner, Lionel Hampton, Carmen Mc Rae, and Mel Torme. In 1979 Colin moved to Dallas to work in the jingle scene that was thriving there at that time.

Over the next 32 years they worked on many recordings, T. Miles’ group had been booked at another jazz club in L. Victor surprisingly declined, and Miles hired Herbie Hancock. He became a drum teacher at North Texas State University from 1982-84.

Dave played in the Benny Goodman Band and later married the bands singer, Peggy Lee.