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Daniel Loomis

With more than a decade of performing experience since moving to New York City in 2007, Dan Loomis has emerged as a daring leader, a sought-after sideman, and a composer whose view of the world – and willingness to explore his own inner questioning – has led to the creation of innovative and moving works.

Loomis has produced nearly a dozen recordings with the Dan Loomis Quartet and with bands he co- leads, including the collectives SPOKE and The Wee Trio. The latter two bands have released critically acclaimed albums in recent years, including SPOKE’s (r)anthems in 2014, and The Wee Trio’s concert recording Wee+3 in 2017.

In addition to his work on the bass, he’s no less skilled with a pen, having written several commissioned pieces, including a jazz oratorio based on the Book of Job and another based on the final days of Jesus, both commissioned by St. Peter’s Church in New York. He recently formed an ensemble called REVOLUTIONS that uses its music to explore the Haitian and Bolivarian uprisings, and to comment on the world’s continuing need for a revolution of spirit and action. His newest compositional project explores humanity’s interwoven relationship with Trees.

Loomis is also an in-demand sideman. He’s a regular member of The Joel Frahm Trio, with a new album and European tour coming from this group in the spring of 2020. As a member of Vadim Neselovskyi’s trio, which toured extensively around the world, all over NYC including at The Blue Note and Village Vanguard, and recently recorded the music of John Zorn on Zorn’s Book of Beriah release. A small sample of the notable names with whom Loomis has performed includes TS Monk, Gary Burton, Wycliffe Gordon, Ernesto Cervini, Laurence Hobgood, and The Respect Sextet. He’s a regular in all of New York’s major clubs and in addition to appearing on stages across Europe, Canada, Australia, China and throughout the United States.

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”Oak-tree thick bass” - All About Jazz ”Loomis straddles a fine line between understatement and aggression.” - Downbeat
Sonny Rollins
Wayne Shorter
Ray Brown
bass, acoustic
Ornette Coleman
saxophone, alto
Charlie Haden
bass, acoustic
Pat Metheny
Charles Mingus
bass, acoustic
Jimi Hendrix
guitar, electric



The Bright Side

Anzic Records


Everyday Actions

ears&eyes Records


Job's Trials

Self Produced


Live At the Bistro

Bionic Records


Ashes to Ashes: A...

Savannah Jazz Festival


I Love Paris

Jazz Excursion Records


Omer's World

From: The Bright Side
By Daniel Loomis

Job's Blues

From: Job's Trials
By Daniel Loomis

Pied Noir

From: I Love Paris
By Daniel Loomis

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