A highly respected pianist and composer, Dan Siegel has 21 solo albums, and hundreds of other producing, arranging, composing and performing credits in his extensive recording career. Born in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Eugene, Oregon, Dan began piano lessons at age eight, and started performing professionally as lead singer and guitarist in a rock band at the age of 12. He holds a BS in Music Composition and a MM in Jazz Studies, and studied piano in Boston with the legendary Madam Chaloff.
After graduating from the University of Oregon, Dan began recording his own compositions with his band. In 1979 he was signed to Inner City Records, a New York based independent jazz label. His second album, The Hot Shot (1981), reached No.1 on the Radio & Records Jazz Chart and remained in Billboard's Top 10 selling Jazz albums for 10 weeks. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television work as well as a more active recording career. Since then, he has traveled and performed around the world in support of his numerous Top 10 recordings, and maintains a global audience.
Over the years, Dan's albums have provided an abundance of diverse material, from the electronic oriented Another Time, Another Place (1984), (with Patrick O'Hearn and Alex Acuna) which Keyboard Magazine called the best keyboard oriented fusion LP of the year, to the exotic world music direction of Hemispheres (1995), which features an ensemble of eclectic musicians including; Bela Fleck, Ottmar Liebert, Andy Narell, Osamu Kitajima, and Dori Caymmi, playing in unique and unlikely combinations. He has produced several other projects, one of which is the group Birds of a Feather, a gathering of world-renown musicians that has included Larry Carlton, Boney James and Ernie Watts. Dan is a frequent traveler to Asia and in 1995 went to Beijing, to record and produce China's first jazz band, Tien Square.
"One thing you can't dispute is Dan Siegel's serious dedication to the art of music. This is his life we're talking about. Composition, technique and performance are all equally important for different reasons to Siegel."
"Throughout the years, album after album, Siegel's musical expressions have sustained his audience and continue to draw more into the fold."
L.A. Jazz Scene
"A creator, an innovator, not a duplicator, Dan Siegel proves himself a master of multi-keyboard moods along with a sophisticated composition of rich, intricate jazz melodies."
"A quiet giant in the music industry, Siegel is one of the most respected and accomplished artists in contemporary jazz."
RAG Magazine Florida
"But every now and again, there comes an artist who has a magic formula that hits on all the cylinders of conveyance and interpretation."
"Dan could be one of the few remaining artists of his generation who has chosen not to compromise his approach to jazz for the sake of commercialization."
"Departure has all the characteristics of jazz that is not often heard in these days of what not to expect."
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