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Pianist Dan Cray, a finalist at the 2003 Montreux Jazz Festival Solo Piano Competition and the 2004 American Pianists Association Cole Porter Fellowship Competition, is one of the best young independent jazz artists working today. Jazz Radio Berlin has hailed him as a "key figure when it comes to escorting jazz into the new millennium," while the Indianapolis Star enthused that his playing had "both the depth and the playfulness characteristic of jazz piano at its best." While living in Chicago, Dan has performed at galas for U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Mayor Richard Daley, and Governor Jim Edgar, and he plays regularly at the city's premier jazz clubs and special events


Article: Bailey's Bundles

Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro

Read "Piano – Emily Bear, Dan Cray, Lisa Hilton, Emmet Cohen, Julien Labro" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Like jazz vocal releases, piano-led affairs are legion. The jazz piano combo is a format that is difficult to get either bad or good. Here are five recent releases looking for the latter. Emily Bear Trio Into the Blue Edston Records 2015 The immediate charm ...


Outside In

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2016
Track listing: Small Sir; Where Springs; A Flower Is A Lovesome Thing; Oblivion; OdP (Bird Of Paradise); Outside In; Where Are You.


Article: Album Review

Dan Cray: Outside In

Read "Outside In" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Encounters with the wonders of nature have a way of snapping everything into perspective and tamping down humanly worries and concerns. Too often we spend time absorbed and obsessed with working from the inside out, projecting ourselves into the world. But sometimes it's better to simply go the other way and let the beauty that exists ...



Label: Origin Records
Released: 2012
Track listing: Smile; Worst Enemy; Amor Fati; Serenity; East 69; Winter Rose (1728); At Least; March Of The Archetypes.


Article: Album Review

Dan Cray: Meridies

Read "Meridies" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

There is nothing iconoclastic about pianist Dan Cray. He derives his piano style more from Tommy Flanagan and Hank Jones than Matthew Shipp or Ran Blake. He has been driving a trio through four previous recordings: Who Cares (Cray Sounds, 2001); No One (Blujazz productions, 2003); Save Us! (Blujazz productions, 2005); and Over Here Over Heard ...


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Worst Enemy

Label: Origin Records
Released: 2012
Duration: 5:45


Article: Album Review

Dan Cray: Meridies

Read "Meridies" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

Change is never easy, but it's often the key to growing as a person and an artist. Pianist Dan Cray has released a series of well-received CDs and carved out a comfortable musical existence with his trio in Chicago, but he understood that a change of scenery and a jump into jazz's deep end would do ...


News: Recording

"Meridies," 5th CD by Pianist/Composer Dan Cray, Due March 20 on Origin Records

"Meridies," 5th CD by Pianist/Composer Dan Cray, Due March 20 on Origin Records

Pianist/composer Dan Cray's first four CDs—trio recordings featuring his Chicago-based threesome of bassist Clark Sommers and drummer Greg Wyser-Pratte—built their repertoires around enticing cover versions of standards and jazz classics. Now with Cray's bold new disc, Meridies, due out March 20 on Origin Records, the Chicago-area native has expanded his trio—here with Sommers and drummer Mark ...


News: Performance / Tour

Chicago Jazz Great Makes Big Apple Debut at NYC's Metropolitan Room

Chicago Jazz Great Makes Big Apple Debut at NYC's Metropolitan Room

Elaine Dame Live at The Metropolitan Room Saturday, Feb. 4th, at 7 pm Cover charge: $22, with a two-drink minimum. For reservations, call the club at 212-206-0440 or purchase tickets at MAC (Manhattan Association of Cabaret) members receive a $5 discount. CHICAGO, IL- 1/18/12—"Dame has quietly risen to the top rank of Chicago jazz singers, ...


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