Born: 1955 Primary Instrument: Bass, electric
Dan Krimm began studying music formally with classical piano and violin lessons while in elementary school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the 60s. He concentrated on violin through high school, also picking up acoustic guitar informally in junior high.
While in college at Princeton in the 70s, he got hooked by the contemporary developments in jazz, especially including Chick Corea's 'Return to Forever' group and a host of artists recording for ECM Records. In 1975, he bought his first electric bass, and began learning the instrument, the jazz form and improvisation, and composition.
At Princeton he played with hammer-style guitarist Stanley Jordan, recorded with Tony Branker, co-led his own group with pianist Gary Monheit, and played with many others, moving to New York City in 1981.
Dan was awarded an NEA Jazz Fellowship Grant in 1984, and recorded two albums of mostly original compositions for his own label, Overtone Records (Sentience, 1986, guest artists: Vic Juris/guitar, Marty Fogel/sax; Subtle Truth, 1991).
In addition to leading his own groups for several years in New York City (variously including Gary Monheit, Grant Jarrett, Jan Leder, Scott Healy, Gary Gibbons, Rolf Sturm, Mike Foster and Tom Nazziola) and performing with a wide variety of others, he has recorded and performed with folk singer/songwriter Margo Hennebach and jazz singer Arlette Beauchamps, performed regularly with Chris Joannou and Susan Fiering, and was a founding member of the exploratory music group Monkeyworks.
Dan moved to Los Angeles in 2000. He has recorded and performed with avant-improv percussionist Rich West. He has also performed with post-bop jazz guitarist Kim Reith, as well as free-improv jams with people like Bruce Friedman and Natural Music (John Coker and Ed Nunnery).
Dan moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 and now plays with the modern-jazz quintet Fortune Smiles with Ted Nirgiotis, guitar/bandleader; Leonard Sklar, winds; Gary Monheit, piano; and Matt Willis, drums. He and Gary also play together as a duo.
Dan's stylistic range reaches across several sub-genres of jazz, including modern-mainstream, progressive, rock/funk fusion, world/ethnic fusions (including latin jazz, and ECM-Records), and avant garde.
Awards:1984: National Endowment for the Arts, Jazz Fellowship
— Bill Milkowski of Downbeat, Sentience liner notes (1986)
After an hour of being insanely jealous of this man's bass playing (I've been a long-time admirer of the bass guitar and its players), I can truly say that Krimm has taken that instrument to uncharted regions of the music world. Krimm takes the bass away from the shadow of the guitar and into the light where it belongs, to cast a shadow of its own. (Subtle Truth release party performance at Time Jazz, NYC)
— Conrad Landais, Meridian (Lehman College), Thursday, October 10, 1991
Dan Krimm, Last Chance Jazz (Another Pass Productions, 2013)
Dan Krimm, Subtle Truth (Another Pass Productions, 2011/1991)
Dan Krimm, Sentience (Another Pass Productions, 2011/1986)
Fortune Smiles, Fortune Smiles (Fortune's Miles Productions, 2010)
Rich West, Heavenly Breakfast (pfMENTUM, 2006)
Arlette Beauchamps, Love Again (Ren-e-sants Records, 2001)
Margo Hennebach, Michaelean (1-800-PRIME-CD, 1996)
Margo Hennebach, Margo Hennebach (1-800-PRIME-CD, 1991)
Tony Branker, For The Children (Tony Branker, 1980)
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