In the past few years, Effland has performed extensively throughout the Midwest as well as touring on the East Coast and in Brazil. In that time, he has performed at many famous venues including the Green Mill, Andy’s Jazz Club, Pops for Champagne, the Velvet Lounge, Baker’s Keyboard Lounge (Detroit), Chris’ Jazz Cafe (Philadelphia), and the Chicago Jazz Festival. He has the opportunity to play with many great Chicago-based musicians including Scott Burns, Jeff Parker, Dennis Carroll, Neal Alger, John Bany, Greg Ward, Eric Schneider, Andy Brown, Geoff Bradfield, Dave Miller, Matt Ulery, Michael Raynor, Rob Amster, Joe Policastro, Mikel Avery, and many others. He is also a top call player in Chicago for accompanying jazz vocalists and has played with Jesse Palter, Elaine Dame, Erin McDougald, Juli Wood, Paul Marinaro, Amanda Crumley, Lisa Roti, Lesley Byers, Petra Van Nuis, Claudia Stefanski, Jeff Hedberg, Leslie Beukelman, Matt Lewis, Rose Colella, and others.
Standard Set-up: ’77 Gibson Byrdland (blond) thru a late-70's Music Man HD 210-130.
Additional Gear: Fatdawg ES-330 with mustang neck, Fender Start Plus,
Polytone Mega-Brute, customized Fender ’65
Deluxe Reverb Re-issue.
When playing with effects I play thru: TS-9 Ibanez Tube Screamer -
Moogerfooger Ring Modulator MF-102 – Dunlop Crybaby 535Q Wah-wah –
MXR Phase 90 – Boss DD-3 Digital Delay)
To my ears, Dan Effland is one of Chicago's finest guitarists. Whether he's playing straight-ahead or in
more open settings, Dan always swings, with a distinctive melodic logic. His compositions and choices in
band-mates provide the perfect outlet to hear him articulate his musical vision. I look forward to hearing
more music from this stellar group.
-Jeff Parker (Brian Blade, Joshua Redman, Branford Marsalis, Tortoise, and Isotope 217)
Guitarist Dan Effland is a groove machine. Wind him up and salivate over his intervallic lines, unyielding
riffs, and pure blues.
-Jazz Improv Magazine