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Al Daniels

Born: November 21    Primary Instrument: Piano

Al Daniels

Al Daniels is an accomplished, well rounded artist and musician. While still in high school he won his first award for his musical talents. His classical performance on piano in the Young Musicians Competition (sponsored by Pepsi) won him a new piano and an appearance with the San Francisco Symphony. So, it was no surprise when he won recognition in the recent Jazziz Magazine Keyboards on Fire Competition for his original jazz composition “Intimate Pursuit”. He was featured in the April 97 issue of that magazine.

He was drawn to the piano at age 7, playing mostly by ear. After some formal lessons, he moved onto classical study with Bay Area pianist Jules Haywood. By the end of high school, he had won the Young Musicians Award and continued on to two years of college at San Francisco State University. Upon entering college he was equally adept at playing jazz piano because of his talent for playing by ear. He was further guided in jazz playing by John Handy, who was just beginning the jazz studies program at State....
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Awards:

CJSQuintet - 1st Place Winners Chuck Niles International Jazz Competition, June 2005

Top 10 Finalist, "Keyboards on Fire" Competition, 1995 Sponsored by Jazziz Magazine

Semi �" Finalist, Concerto Competition California State University, Fullerton 1988

Finalist Award, Piano Young Musicians Competition (Sponsored by Pepsi Cola) 1968
The Davis Enterprise Review:

“Los Angeles based pianist, Al Daniels...settles into a comfortable groove on “I'll Be Home for Christmas”...Of the seven solo tracks, my favorites are Daniels' whimsical, toe- tapping arrangement of “Decked Out (the Halls)” and his slowly swinging version of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas”. “Away in a Manger” and “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” showcase his gentler side; both are lovely readings of these traditional church carols. Daniels is joined by a combo for “Hark the Herald Angels Sing” and “ A Midnight Samba Clear”, and both give ample exposure to trumpeter Mike Figal and guitarist Bryan Clark. The latter track is the album’s highlight: a lively reading and a clever arrangement…you’ll find good musicality here…I look forward to Daniels’ rise as a jazz artist.”

Derrick Bang Entertainment Editor

As a Leader

Grand Piano Stories
Danthree Music
2011
Tracks: Maiden/Dolphin Dance; Pensativa; Someone to Watch Over Me; Stella By Starlight; Sophisticated Lady; The Way to You; Time in a Bottle; Tones for Joan's Bones; Never Never Land; With a Song in My Heart
Personnel: Al Daniels: Solo Piano.


Christmastime
Danthree
2007
Tracks: This O, Christmas Tree; Christmas Lullaby; I'll be Home for Christmas; Hark the Herald Angels Sing; Have Yourself a Merry; Away in a Manger; Decked Out! (the Halls); A Midnight Samba Clear; O Come, O Come Emmanuel; Christmastime.
Personnel: Al Daniels: Solo Piano. Mike Figal: Trumpet. Bryan Clark: Guitar. Mica Fisher: Vocals



Themes In Search of a Movie
Danthree Music
2007
Tracks: Tenaya-The Falls; Theme from "The Caravan"; Waltz for a Melancholy Movie; Al's Bar Theme; The Gospel According to Joe & Eddie; Christmastime; Three Lives One Movie; My Imaginary Movie; In Winters' Time; Theme from "Moonlight in Rio".
Personnel: Al Daniels: Keyboards, Vocals. Steve Alaniz: Woodwinds. Bryan Clark: Guitar. Chuck Johnson: Tenor Sax. Mica Fisher: Vocals.

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Primary Instrument:
Piano

Willing to teach:
Intermediate to advanced students

Credentials/Background:
B.M. Cornish Institute
M.M. CSU Los Angeles Available Weekends
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Featured recording “Grand Piano Stories”

Grand Piano Stories
Self Produced (2011)
Download jazz mp3 “The Way to You” by Al Daniels

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