Dan is an accomplished musician and full time Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been on the faculty since 1996. He has had 15 CD’s released as a leader with one in the cue for the fall 2014. He was given the school’s “Curriculum Development Award” in 2006 for his popular on-campus course “Groove Writing”. Dan is also on the faculty of Berkleemusic.com – Berklee’s distance learning school where he teaches an online version of this course called “Arranging Contemporary Styles” to students all over the world. In 2008, his book “Producing and Mixing Contemporary Jazz” was released on Hal Leonard-Berklee Press. In 2009, Dan was awarded the prestigious MacColl-Johnson fellowship for jazz composers, which enabled him to write and produce a project with an Italian traditional orchestra called Piccola Orchestra La Viola (POLV), bringing together his musical and Italian roots.
From 2002 until the present, Dan has been active internationally and the states performing with artists like Nile Rodgers and Chic and performing his own music and presenting seminars in Italy, Turkey, England, Belguim, Holland, France, and Switzerland. A highlight was in the summer of 2006 he also had the opportunity to perform in the house band at the 40th anniversary of The Montreux Jazz Festival tribute to Atlantic records with Nile Rodgers, which included Dan writing charts and backing up, Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Kid Rock, George Duke, Solomon Burke, and Steve Winwood.
Dan continues to perform and teach seminars around the world.