Music Hours: 6:30 to 10:30
"You have a beautiful touch. . .Hank Jones and Tommy Flanagan should hear you play.” -Harold Mabern, pianist and composer
“Every second is executed with taste and balance—a kind of jazz fengshui.” -Downbeat Magazine
Rare chance to see New York based pianist and composer Dan Cray.
Dan hails from Chicago IL and currently makes his home in Brooklyn NY, where he is in demand as both performer and educator. Dan was a finalist for both the 2004 APA Cole Porter Fellowship and the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition, and has performed and recorded around the world in many diverse and creative settings with a variety of vocalists and instrumentalists including Ellington band alumnus Eddie Johnson, Billy Drummond, Bobby Broom, Dayna Stephens, Joe Martin, George Fludas, Avishai Cohen, Peter Epstein, Mark Ferber, and Geof Bradfield.
For 12 years he led the Dan Cray Trio in Chicago with bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Greg Wyser-Pratte. The trio's music has been featured twice on the hit television show Gossip Girl, and they were personally selected by Michael Keaton to provide music for his directorial debut, The Merry Gentleman. Together the group released four albums: Who Cares (2001), No One (Blujazz 2003), Save Us (Blujazz 2005), and the live recording Over Here Over Heard (Crawdad 2008). After moving to New York in 2009, Dan released his fifth album Meridies, which featured original works and creative arrangements of standards performed by saxophonist Noah Preminger, drummer Mark Ferber and bassist Clark Sommers. It was released on Origin Records in March 2012, and awarded four stars and inclusion on the best of 2012 list by Downbeat Magazine. Dan holds degrees from Northwestern University and NYU, and has worked as a professor in jazz piano at both NYU and the University of Nevada-Reno. He’s currently working on a new record featuring saxophonist Dayna Stephens to be released in 2016.
Performing with: Pat Senatore, bass; Mark Ferber, drums