Primary Instrument: Guitar
Daniel Coffeng hails originally from Amsterdam, The Netherlands and brings a new, unique technical fluidity and energy to post bop and avant-garde jazz improvisation.
Growing up as part of a huge multi-racial family, he was at a very young age exposed to a lot of different music and cultures from all over the world. After taking classical lessons for a year he switched to electric guitar and began to explore the immensely vast world of music from all over the world, from Jazz, Blues, Soul, Reggae, Classical and Rock to Indian Sitar music, ancient Greek, Indonesian, Japanese Koto, Latin-American and West African music.
His explorations of different instruments eventually led him to the music of John Coltrane which introduced him to expansive new sounds and musical possibilities.
Guitar influences are: Adam Rogers, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Pat Martino, Jonathan Kreisberg, Tal Farlow and Jim Hall.
He is an honors graduate from the Guitar Institute of Technology and has played, toured written and recorded with artists such as; Steve Tavaglione, Kyle Crane, Anthony Shadduck, Khalil Hebert, Tim Mayo, Billie Davies, Manny Silvera, John von Seggern, David Strayer, Darwin Tillery et al.
His work can be sampled online at: http://www.myspace.com/danielcjazz http://www.reverbnation.com/danielcoffeng
Daniel Coffeng is an incredibly engaging guitarist in the tradition of perhaps a John Abercrombie. The harmonic exploratory conceived here is performed with a deceptively subtle uniformity while remaining abstract enough to attack the listener on a cerebral front. The perfect marriage of simplicity and complexity. Brent Black - bop-n-jazz.com
Daniel Coffeng employs the pillowy, sweet tones of Jim Hall, and he demonstrates nifty single note run skills during a solo. But his economy of notes is perhaps his greatest asset. It fits in with the “less is more” mantra. S. Victor Aaron - somethingelsereviews.com