Dan Coy began actively playing in Atlanta in the mid 1970's with bands like Blessed Relief, Windows, Unit Structure and Polydor recording artists, Early Warning System.
In the 1980's the Dan Coy Band was formed and began performing regularly at the Cafe 290, Claude's, Club 131, The Point, RCI Cafe and Fat Tuesdays. Creative Loafing readers voted the Dan Coy Band best Jazz band in Atlanta several years in a row. Meanwhile Dan concurrently performed and recorded with other local bands such as Kodac Harrison, Stephanie Pettis, Berné Poliakoff, Stephen Charles, Fonda Fiengold and Vertex T. featuring engagements ranging from all over the East coast US to Europe and the Middle East.
During the early 1990's The Dan Coy Band, featuring Octavia Jones and a host of top local musicians, continued to perform regularly at the Cafe 290, Topaz and Hariston's as well as at regional Jazz festivals and TV shows. Meanwhile Dan also performed and recorded with Nancee Kahlor, Peter Vogl, Sal Padillo, David Ragsdale and Moxie, just to name a few.
In the late 1990's, while seeking a more intimate and expressive musical format, the Dan Coy Trio was created and performed regularly at Smiths Olde Bar. At this time DC3 recorded their widely acclaimed live CD, “Nothing But The Truth”. Later DC3 became regulars at Sambuca Jazz Cafe and also were the featured band opening shows for Herbie Hancock, Jeff Lorber, Dave Samuels, Patricia Barber and David Benoit.