About Dan

A veteran Bay Area guitarist, Dan draws from more than thirty years of study, performance and dedication to the art of jazz. His style is warm, quiet-yet-intense, a classic jazz guitar sound with sophisticated chord melodies and an occasional bluesy edge.

Musical Services: Dan performs in a variety of formats including solo guitar and various duo/trio/combo configurations. In addition to his work as a leader and soloist, Dan performs frequently as a sideman with vocalists and other musicians.

Experience Includes: During 2009-2010, Dan worked in the show band for Princess Cruises backing up entertainers and playing in production shows. While with Princess, Dan also played solo jazz guitar at different venues around the ship. Dan played at the San Jose Jazz Festival and for five years at Garden City Restaurant in San Jose with house guitar trio Strings Attached. He also was an accompanist for De Anza Jazz Singers, Modern Voice, Brazilian singer Claudia Villela, and other top Bay Area vocalists. Dan has worked with a wide variety of musicians in various dance bands, Latin jazz groups, big bands, and jazz-rock and funk-fusion bands, and straight ahead jazz groups.

Venues: Agenda, AP Stumps, Bella Saratoga, Blue Chalk Café, California Café, Capitol Club, Garden City, Gordon Biersch, Hotel De Anza, Hotel St. Claire, Kuumbwa Jazz Center, Los Altos Country Club, Tarragon, Sonoma Chicken Coop, and many more.

Credentials: B.A. Music, San Jose State University, 1985.

Private Studies: Steve Erquiaga, Rick Vandivier, Bruce Forman.

Dan is a native of the San Jose area and currently resides in Los Altos. He has been studying music since early childhood. Starting out with piano lessons, he was soon playing various instruments in the school band. In his early teens he got his first electric guitar and began playing with friends in local groups. After high school he became more and more interested in jazz music, ultimately pursuing a major in jazz guitar. He began playing jazz professionally during his studies at San Jose State.