Dan Zimmerman devoted himself to guitar at age seven when he heard Love Gun, the new album by Kiss. Dan’s list of guitar favorites soon expanded beyond the space makeup of Kiss’s Ace Frehley to include John Scofield, Eddie Van Halen and Wes Montgomery, to name a few. After playing in high school rock bands, he studied classical guitar at UC Santa Barbara and jazz at Berklee College of Music in Boston. At UCSB Dan played in Evil Farmer, a rock/jam band known for spontaneous, creative and sometimes disastrous improvisations. Evil Farmer shared the bill at festivals and clubs with many other bands including ALO, who Dan still sometimes guests with.
Dan has played guitar professionally in Southern California for more than 20 years. The numerous artists he has performed and recorded with include Raw Silk, Spencer the Gardner, Roy Galloway, Jay Ferguson from Spirit and the internationally renowned Latin Jazz artists Teka and Luis Munoz. A respected guitar instructor for more than 20 years, Dan has written several articles for Guitar Player Magazine and for the website truefire.com.
In the mid-nineties Dan and Bucket Baker, drummer for Kenny Logins and Michael Jackson, formed Common Ground, whose performances featured Dan’s instrumental jazz/fusion compositions. Later that decade Dan formed the Conga Punks with Cougar Estrada of Los Lobos. Dan and Cougar wrote songs together and Dan performed on the first Conga Punks record, an eclectic Afro Cuban/Rock album. Dan currently performs and records with international jazz artist Luis Munoz. His guitar playing on Luis’ albums Voz and The Dead Man has been singled out for critical acclaim.