Dan Zemelman

Born: August 6, 1973    Primary Instrument: Piano

Dan Zemelman

Dan Zemelman has been active in the SF bay area jazz scene for over 7 years, playing with innovators such as Marcus Shelby, Adam Theis, Natasha Miller, Doug Beavers and more. In 1998, he was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka and performed at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., a great honor courtesy of the U.S. State Department.

Dan studied jazz with Fred Hersch, Kenny Werner and Mike Kocour, attended the prestigious Banff Center for the Arts summer jazz program in 1995 and graduated from the University of Wisconsin/Madison, winning the award of Best Jazz Artist in 1996....
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1998 Jazz Ambassador to India and Sri Lanka - Sept, 1998 Best jazz musician at UW/Madison - 1994 2nd place for original jazz/modern composition (Illinois) - 1991 Louis Armstrong jazz award - 1987
The Dan Zemelman Quartet brings some serious jazz chops (drummer Alan Hall has played with Dizzy Gillespie and Eddie Harris) and a bandleader who really knows his way around the 88s. Expect satisfyingly complicated bebop, tough yet silky.

Hiya Swanhuyser, SF Weekly - Night and Day spot

“While Zemelman possesses a lovely touch and fertile harmonic imagination, what stands out most on “One Way Or Another” is the probing lyricism that undergirds his group concept. He gives his formidable collaborators plenty of space, but the improvisation is always tightly bound to the melodic line. The resulting music is playful, tender, celebratory and consistently engaging, a rare project that compels a second, third and fourth spin.”

Andy Gilbert, prominent bay area jazz critic

“Zemelman’s music is both intricate and soulful. The band weaves melody and improvisation skillfully while employing telepathic abillities amongst its members.”

Darren Lewinsky, SF Chronicle

Dan Zemelman Quartet - One Way or Another, 2009 Doug Beavers - Jazz Baby Vol 1, 2007 Fred Randolph - New Day, 2006 Plum Crazy - Plum Crazy, 2005 Dan Zemelman and Jessica Neighbor – Duo, 2004 Zakiya Hooker – Live from Argentina, 2004 John Lee Hooker – Face to Face, 2003 Damond Moodie – Fishin’ for Words, 2003 Gary Packard – Taming the Terror, 2001 Ivan Klipstein – Lifestyle!, 2001 Ivan Klipstein – Scorpio Enviro 2000 Elizabeth Schaefer – Moodswing, 1998 Elizabeth Schaefer – At the Heart of What's Obvious, 1997 Sarah Spelsberg – Sliding Reins, 1996

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Fairfax, CA

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

I have taught jazz piano for 15+ years. I am currently on the faculty of 'The Jazzschool' in Berkeley, CA. I was on faculty for 'Jazzcamp West' in 2008. I taught privately at Marin Country Day School for an academic year.

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Featured recording “One Way or Another”

One Way or Another
Self Produced (2009)
Download jazz mp3 “One Way or Another” by Dan Zemelman Quartet

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