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Take Five With Dan Lehner

By Published: May 7, 2013
I hope to be adding to the growing list of new avenues for the trombone in creative music, as well as another page to the already sufficiently large book of chordless groups (for this past record, at least). I also hope to be able to add my voice to the pantheon of people mostly recording original music.

Did you know...

I identify politically as an anarchist. I don't have a driver's license. I flirt back and forth with the Paleo Diet and have gone on foraging/wild food tours in the greater New York City area. I can play every one of J.J. Johnsons's solos on J.J. Inc. by memory.

CDs you are listening to now:

D'Angelo, Voodoo (Virgin);

David Binney
David Binney
David Binney
b.1961
saxophone
, Graylen Epicenter (Mythology);

J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
J.J. Johnson
1924 - 2001
trombone
, J.J. Inc (Sony);

Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Pelt
Jeremy Pelt
b.1976
trumpet
, Water and Earth (High Note);

Steve Reich, Drumming/Six Pianos/Music for Mallet Instruments, Voice and Percussion (Deutsche Grammaphone).

Desert Island picks:

Chris Lightcap's Bigmouth, Deluxe (Clean Feed);

Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
Andrew Hill
1937 - 2007
piano
, Black Fire (Blue Note);

J Dilla, Donuts (Stones Throw);

Jacob Garchik, The Heavens (Yestereve);

Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
Charles Mingus
1922 - 1979
bass, acoustic
, Mingus Ah Um (Columbia).

How would you describe the state of jazz today?

Artistically, the state of the music that gets called jazz is great. There's plenty of music that represents great reiterations and innovations on the tradition, as well as completely new and exciting ventures into improvised music. Practically and financially, well, that's a whole different story. I think initiatives like Search and Restore in New York City are great for keeping the spirit alive.

What is in the near future?

I hope to be playing dates in New York City to showcase the music from the record. After that, I have another few compositions for a different format (trombone, piano and drums) that I would like to explore as well.

Photo Credit

Courtesy of Dan Lehner
Dan Lehner
Dan Lehner
b.1989
trombone


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