Dan Wall

  • Associate Professor of Jazz Piano

Areas of Study


Dan Wall won a Hall of Fame Scholarship from DownBeat magazine at 17 years old, launching his wildly successful career as a jazz pianist and organist.

His impressive list of recording collaborations, with such artists as Eddie Gomez, Joe Lovano, Kenny Wheeler, Mick Goodrick, Billy Drummond, Eddie Harris, Jerry Bergonzi, Steve Grossman, Jeremy Steig, Joe Chambers, and Mark Feldman, among others, has landed him in concert halls throughout Europe, North and South America, Japan, Korea, and the Middle East. He’s also performed with Lee Konitz, Tom Harrell, Henry Mancini, Charlie Rouse, Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Sheila Jordan, and many others, and has played on two Grammy-nominated recordings.

Since 1991, Wall has played Hammond organ for the John Abercrombie Trio, which received critical acclaim for its first two recordings, While We’re Young and Speak of the Devil.

John Abercrombie, with his trio, is one of several artists that have recorded and performed Wall’s compositions, including Eddie Gomez and Chick Corea. Wall’s album credits as a bandleader include Song for the Night, The Trio, Off the Wall, and On the Inside Looking Out.

Wall’s work has earned praise from numerous publications throughout his career. He’s made DownBeat’s International Critics’ Poll 16 times since 1993, its Readers’ Poll numerous times, and has been featured by Billboard, Jazz Times, Jazziz, Keyboard Player, Variety, Record World, and DownBeat. You can also find him in the prestigious New Grove Dictionary of Jazz, 2nd Edition, and on broadcasts from NPR, VDR, and the BBC, among other radio and television stations.


  • ECM
  • Enja
  • Vanguard
  • Pausa
  • Double Time

As leader:

  • Song for the Night
  • The Trio
  • Off the Wall
  • On the Inside Looking Out

As sideman, recordings with:

  • Eddy Gomez
  • John Abercrombie
  • Joe Lovano
  • Kenny Wheeler
  • Eddy Harris
  • Jerry Bergonzi
  • Steve Grossman
  • Jeremy Steig
  • Joe Chambers
  • Mark Feldman

Spring 2023

Jazz Ensemble-Small Group — JAZZ 803

Fall 2023

Prin Pvt Jazz Piano: — PVST 028
Prin Pvt Jazz Vibraphone — PVST 046
Sec Pvt Jazz Piano: — PVST 078
Sec Pvt Jazz Vibraphone — PVST 096
Jazz Improvisation III — JAZZ 301
Jazz Ensemble-Small Group — JAZZ 803


Live From the Cat

September 2, 2020

The campus community was treated to a live-streamed jazz performance on August 28 from the Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse. The virtual concert was a first for the student-run performance space.