Dan has been performing professionally as a jazz and swing bassist since 1969, and has performed throughout the US, Canada,the far east and most recently in Havana,Cuba. He has appeared with national artists Rebecca Kilgore, Bud Shank, Bobby Shew, Scott Hamilton (Concord Records), Bill Berry (Duke Ellington alumnus), Lew Tabakin, Dave McKenna, Mark Murphy , jazz pianist George Cables (pianist for Dexter Gordon, Bobby Hutcherson and many other national artists) and renowned trumpeter Carl Saunders from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, and nationally renowned vibist/drummer Chuck Redd from the Smithsonian Jazz Project.
Recent shows include tours of Canada with internationally acclaimed vocalist Barbara Blair from Victoria,BC (2009,11 & 12) and performances and clinics in the Pacific NW. In 2008 Dan toured South Korea as a guest artist and clinician with the Clark College (Vancouver,Wa) vocal jazz ensemble. In 2013 Dan was part of a cultural exchange tour to Cuba and performed with musicians and students in Havana.
Dan started on guitar from age 7, attended University of Oregon 1969-74, and founded Willamette Valley Folk Festival (now 30+ years still active). His early career includes bluegrass/folk with Muddy Bottom Boys 1972-76, Everything's Jake (swing jazz) 1976-78, Wholly Cats (jazz/swing) 1978-86, which released two recordings and toured throughout western US & Canada and featured renowned vocalist Rebecca Kilgore. He has also performed in the Rebecca Kilgore quartet 1986-88, the Art Abrams Swing Machine Big band 1988-90, salsa/latin group Urubamba,and the Ranch Dressing Western Swing Big Band. In 1989 Dan co-founded the unique trio Tall Jazz, a vibes/bass/drums trio which performed in the US,Canada and Japan. Logging over 2000 performances, In 2011 Tall Jazz was inducted into the Oregon Jazz Society Hall of Fame, and during its career recorded 6 projects for the PHD label.
Other performances and projects include the Clark College (Vancouver,WA) vocal jazz program (touring Washington,DC in June 2010), vocalist Barbara Blair from Victoria,BC, guitarist Eli Reisman, the Bryant Allard Quartet Released a recording 'Influences' in 2010) , Bill Beach and his band Brasil Beat, the Pacific Crest Symphonietta (conducted by Thara Memory), Ellen Vanderslice (3 recording projects) , Gordon Lee, Larry Adair, DC Big Band,the Pacific Jazz Big Band and the "Radio Revue Orchestra" led by Marv & Rindy Ross (Oregon Trail Band & Quarterflash). In 2013 Dan performed with the Oregon Symphonic Band as part of a concert series featuring a performance of a special composition for jazz trio and symphonic band. In 2005 Dan performed the suite for 2 pianos and jazz trio by Claude Bolling as part of the Bravo Vancouver (Wa) concert series. In June of 2010 Dan performed at the Kennedy Center in Washington,DC with the National Honor Choir as part of the NEMC national music convention. In 2010 Dan also performed at the Newport (Or) jazz festival with vibist/drummer Chuck Redd (member of the Smithsonian Jazz Project -residing and teaching in Washington,DC) and again with Chuck in 2012 at Clark College in Vancouver,Wa.
As an educator, Dan teaches privately, organizes bass clinics throughout the area, is a clinician for local school music programs, and was jazz band instructor for Wilson High School (Portland, OR) 1995-97 and jazz band instructor at Oregon episcopal School 2009-2012. He was a member of the Portland Community College Music Career Curriculum Advisory Board, and adjunct music faculty of Marylhurst University.as well as adjunct for West Linn ,Lake Oswego, Beaverton Academy for Arts and Music, and Cleveland (Or) high schools. Since 2006 Dan has been a rhythm section clinician at the University of Portland Jazz Festival. He is also in demand for studio session work and production of recordings for various artists.
In addition to an active career as a 'sideman' to many jazz groups and vocalists Dan appears regularly with George Mitchell (pianist), Bryant Allard (trumpet), Lee Wuthenow (sax), award winning vocalist/pianist John Gilmore, Marilyn Keller at the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg,Or. Dan's projects include the Portland Jazz group featuring pianist George Mitchell (pianist for Diana Ross since 1985) ;the 'Swing Pilots' trio with Dave Johnson .guitar and Jim Buchmann ,clarinet,sax(headline artist at the San Diego jazz festival November 2014); and the 'Presley/Presley' group featuring Dan's daughter Katie on trumpet (when she's not on the road with the internationally acclaimed group MarchFourth!)
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