Jazz guitarist, composer, and educator.
Currently based in Austin, Texas, Dr. Dan Andersen has served a distinguished apprenticeship as the jazz guitarist with many fine musicians in New Orleans and Los Angeles, including, Johnny Angel and the Swingin’ Demons, at venues such as Blue Nile, Bourbon Street, Funky Butt, Beau Rivage Biloxi, New Orleans Music Factory, Fine Arts Club of New Orleans, Wyndham Riverfront New Orleans, and Café Brazil. As part of the New Orleans music scene he performed at the city’s premier jazz club Snug Harbor and made appearances throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. On the festival circuit, Dan appeared at in Northern California at Center Arts Presents, Bebop and Brew, and several times at the Redwood Jazz Festival. He studied with Steve Masakowski and Terence Blanchard while earning a Masters degree at the University of New Orleans and then went on to earn his doctorate in studio/jazz guitar at the University of Southern California Thornton School Of Music. His recording credits include appearances on Introducing-Julia LaShae, voted the #3 album of 2003 by the Times-Picayune, and his own recently released quartet album The Spark. As a bandleader, Dan headlined the 1995 Mad River festival and was awarded Outstanding Guitarist of the 1997 Pacific Coast Collegiate Jazz Festival in Berkley California.