“A tenor saxophonist with a great, classic tone and a ‘less is more’ maturity…”
-S. Victor Aaron, Something Else Reviews
Since coming to Chicago in 2012, Dan Meinhardt has made his presence known in Chicago’s diverse music scene. His training at Lawrence University (BM 2010) and the University of Oregon (MM 2012) has given Dan a wide-ranging skill set. He regularly performs in creative music ensembles, can be found in numerous musical theater productions, and has performed with a variety of rock, R&B, funk, salsa, blues, and jazz ensembles in and around Chicago.
In addition to performing as a multi-woodwind artist, Dan is a staff accompanist for Chicago Children’s Choir and the Merit School of Music. Outside of his woodwind and piano performance, Dan has experience performing in and coaching Cuban, Brazilian, and Ghanaian percussion ensembles, orchestras, and chamber ensembles. He brings those experiences and traditions to every musical group in which he performs or teaches.
In addition to keeping an active performance schedule, Dan has established himself as a first-rate educator. He teaches privately around Chicago and its suburbs, and is frequently a guest conductor for jazz band programs around the city. Dan believes in developing his students into self-sustaining musicians, maintaining a low-pressure, nurturing environment within the studio.
Dan’s current project, titled Outset, is modeled after Ornette Coleman’s chordless quartet, playing original compositions and arrangements of standards. Their debut record will be released early in 2016.
Dan is available for performances, lessons, and commissions. Feel free to contact him with any questions.