Born: November 21
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.
His progress towards a bachelors degree was continued at Cornish Institute in Seattle, WA. There he studied with bassist Gary Peacock, trombonist Julian Priester, and pianist Art Lande. It was in Seattle that he formed the Al Daniels Trio which included Peter Perfido (drums) and the world renowned Hein Van de Geyn (bass). He graduated Summa Cum Laude from Cornish and was awarded a Bachelor of Music (Jazz Performance) Degree. He recently completed study requirements and has been awarded a Master of Music Degree from Californina State University, Los Angeles.
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
Willing to teach
Intermediate to advanced
B.M. Cornish Institute
M.M. CSU Los Angeles
Reasonable Hr. Rates