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Dan Balmer

From coffee house gigs at fifteen to chart-topping success with the Tom Grant Band in the 90s, world tours with two-time Grammy Award winner Diane Schuur and contemporary jam-bands, Dan Balmer brings fire and heart every time he plays the guitar. His playing spans nearly one hundred CDs including twelve as a leader from which his original works have appeared internationally in television, film and radio.

An in-demand educator, Dan maintains a busy schedule of private lessons, group clinics and master classes throughout the US and abroad. He adjudicates student jazz band competitions at events such as the Monterey Next Generation Festival and Reno Jazz Festival along with being a long-term teacher at the Centrum Jazz Workshop. He is the director of jazz combos at Lewis And Clark College while also on faculty at virtually every other college in the greater Portland, Oregon area.

Dan has performed or toured with Joey DeFrancesco, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Les McCann, Javon Jackson and Karrin Allyson, Benny Golson, Jeff Hamilton, Gerald Clayton, John Clayton, Terell Stafford, Ingrid Jensen, Duduka da Fonseca, Kendrick Scott, Taylor Eigsti, Buddy De Franco, Bruce Forman and countless others.

Dan’s love of guitar and making music combined with discipline, technique and restless curiosity provide an ever- deepening experience for himself and his listeners. In every performance he finds himself in the middle of the path, amidst a continuous and compelling process of discovery.


Oregon Music Hall Of Fame Oregon Jazz Society Hall Of Fame


"The model of what a contemporary guitarist should be." -LA Times
Primary Instrument




Willing to teach

Intermediate to advanced


Dan maintains a busy schedule of private lessons, group clinics and master classes throughout the US and abroad. He has been teaching jazz guitar for over 20 years and has lead the jazz combos of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR for over 10 years. He immensely enjoys working with students both individually and in the ensembles. He adjudicates student jazz band competitions at events such as the Monterey Next Generation Festival and Reno Jazz Festival along with being a long-term teacher at the Centrum Jazz Workshop.



Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

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Alternative Jazz


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Self Produced


Good Music

Polyglot Music


Made In Portland

Polyglot Music



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By Dan Balmer



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