All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

DanMichael Reyes


About Me

Feel free to ask. Email me at dmikereyes[at]gmailDotcom.

My Jazz Story

DanMichael Reyes is a graduating senior at New York's New School For Jazz and Contemporary Music. I was first exposed to jazz when I looked at the liner notes of Mos Def's album Black On Both Sides and noticed that a producer sampled a track from a pianist named Bill Evans. I met drummer Joe LaBarbera through my teacher Markus Burger who set up a recording session with me and Mr. LaBarbera. I was so nervous that I couldn't play a damn thing. I have never heard the tune that I recorded that day and don't wish to listen to it. It was a great learning experience about professionalism and preparedness. The best show I ever attended was a concert with Brad Mehldau playing solo piano, McCoy Tyner, and Ellis Marsalis three days after I turned 19. The first jazz record I bought was Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans My advice to new listeners. The idiom referred to as Jazz is a language and musical expression that encompasses New Orleans Brass Bands to Avant Garde extended techniques. Somewhere in the middle of that spectrum you'll find a tempo and a groove that swings right for you and when you do, don't let anyone ever tell you what this music is and what it ain't. Can't we all just get along?

All About Jazz needs your support

All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.