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Biography

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.

    Critical Praise

    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.

    Recordings

    Labels:

    • 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

    News

    2014-2015 Excellence in Teaching Awards Winners

    February 19, 2016
    Six faculty members from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Conservatory of Music received the Excellence in Teaching Award for the 2014-2015 academic year. The recipients were Associate Professor of Mathematics Jack Calcut; Professor of Hispanic Studies Sebastiaan Faber; Professor of Piano James Howsmon; Director of the Division of Conducting and Ensembles, Associate Professor of Conducting, and Director of the Oberlin Orchestra Raphael Jiménez; Professor of Comparative American Studies Gina Pérez; and Associate Professor of Jazz Studies Daniel Wall.