Dan Zemelman

Piano – Jazz Institute, Jazz Institute Vocal Program

Dan Zemelman is currently a prominent figure and innovator of jazz music in the San Francisco bay area scene.  Before moving to SF, however, Dan studied under the tutelage of legendary jazz bassist Richard Davis at the University of Wisconsin and won an award as Best Jazz Artist.  In 1998 Dan was chosen as a Jazz Ambassador in The Kennedy Center & the US State Department’s prestigious program and toured India and Sri Lanka representing America’s jazz tradition through performances and clinics.  After moving from Chicago to the San Francisco area in 2001, Dan contributed to blues legend John Lee Hooker’s final studio album Face to Face and toured with Hooker’s daughter and vocalist, Zakiya Hooker.

Currently Dan performs with bassist Jeff Denson’s groups including a recent album and Europe tour with legendary alto-saxophonist Lee Konitz.  Dan’s own 2009 CD release One Way or Another featuring trumpeter Erik Jekabson, drummer Alan Hall and bassist Fred Randolph received rave reviews from jazz critic Andy Gilbert as well as SF bay area publications The East Bay Express and The SF Weekly.  As a successful bandleader, Dan has performed at Yoshi’s Jazz Club three times as a leader as well as at major festivals such as the Angra Jazz Festival, Fillmore Jazz Festival, SF Jazz Festival, & San Jose Jazz Festival with various groups.  As an in-demand jazz pianist in the SF bay area, Dan currently has a residency with original big band The Electric Squeezebox Orchestra at Doc’s Lab SF and plays often with his own trio featuring Giulio Cetto on bass and Alan Hall on drums.   As a teacher and clinician, Dan has been on the faculty at several major jazz institutions including Jazz Camp West, The Jazzschool and Lafayette Jazz Camp.

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