Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments: “This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.” In addition to leading his own band, Karlsberg has worked as a sideman with various musicians including Donald Harrison, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Ted Nash, Marvin Stamm, Dan Fehnle, Aurell Ray, Roni Ben-Hur, John Von Ohlen, Brad Goode, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Ron Enyard, Brent Gallaher, Mike Wade, Jamey Aebersold, among many others...
this is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment...they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose.
--Marc Medwin, Cadence Magazine 2008.
Besides showcasing his hypnotic style of playing - which leans like Monk, and swings like Bill Evans, often exploding with jaw-drop energy - the album showed that the pianist's abilities as a bandleader, arranger and composer were on par with his fingerwork.
--Mike Breen, CityBeat Magazine 2008.