Born: April 21, 1989 Primary Instrument: Trombone
Dan Lehner is a freelance trombonist, composer and educator in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. Born in Hamilton, New Jersey, Lehner briefly attended University of the Arts in Philadelphia before finishing his undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies at William Paterson University, studying under New York trombonists John Mosca and Tim Newman, as well as studying composition with Elliot Carter scholar John Link. At WPUNJ, he created and led custom-made small ensembles focusing on modern jazz repertory, as well as performed with musicians like Scott Robinson and former Yankee turned guitarist Bernie Williams with the William Paterson Jazz Orchestra. He has also played tenor and bass trombone in NYC’s Jazz Band Classic with artists like Ingrid Jensen, Rich Perry and Geoff Keezer.
In New York, Lehner has performed with a wide array of groups including Asiko (Afro-Beat) and Nick Cooper of Houston’s Free Radicals (improvised music) and as well as King Holiday, is a member of Avenida B (salsa dura), Morricone Youth (film music) and Tri-State Conspiracy (punk swing), as well as guest engagements with bands such as All Boy/All Girl and The Reigning Monarchs (with guest Norah Jones). He’s also performed 16 shows of an off-off-Broadway run of Leonard Bernstein’s “Wonderful Town” with Brooklyn’s Gallery Players and contributing to the soundtrack of 2013 Canadian independent film “An Enemy”. He is resident composer for Odd Act Theater Company and premiered an original stage score to J.M. Barrie’s “Peter Pan”, using traditional, invented and toy instrumentation. He presently acts as composer and bandleader in his own group, Dan Lehner’s Spoken Migration, whose debut EP “Spoken Migration” was released on March 22nd, 2013.
Lehner has also been an active journalist in the New York and New Jersey areas for both All About Jazz and Feast of Music. He has provided live reviews of 100+ artists such as Roy Haynes, Lee Konitz, Steve Coleman, Vijay Iyer, Medeski Martin and Wood, Pat Metheny, The Bad Plus, Maria Schneider Orchestra, Christian McBride and many more, including coverage of Undead Music Festival, Winter Jazzfest and the Newport Jazz Festival. He’s also conducted interviews with artists like Tyshawn Sorey, Ben Williams, Miles Okazaki, Chris Combs (of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey) and Dave Fiuczynski, as well as CD reviews and liner notes.
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New York, NY
Willing to teach:
Advanced students only.
Available for all beginner to intermediate brass and beginner to advanced trombone. Lehner has kept a private studio of musicians for approx. 2 years and has done guest lessons/clinics for Groundwork Social Services in Brooklyn and Tone Academy of Music in Manhattan.