What's Hot with Jazz Guitar: Dan Faehnle

by Doc Dosco

This week we feature the fine jazz guitarist Dan Faehnle.

Online Bio

There is little doubt that jazz guitar has entered a new and exciting
realm when Dan Faehnle takes the stage. With the technical prowess of a
jazz giant, Ohio native Faehnle has made an indelible mark upon the
music world, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike.

From an up-tempo bebop anthem to a languid, emotional reading of a
ballad, Faehnle's nimble fingers caress his guitar. Whether captivating
his jazz club audiences or adding the perfect support to a recording
project, this young jazz artist is destined to put his name alongside
the other guitar greats.

Beginning in 2000, Faehnle stepped into the guitar chair with Diana
Krall, performing on numerous world tours, television shows, radio and
media events. As an integral part of the Diana Krall quartet for three
years, Dan garnered accolades from such publications as the New York
Times, Los Angeles Times, JazzTimes and Downbeat magazines, as well as
many international publications.

While based in Portland, Oregon, Dan established relationships with such
legendary jazz artists as Leroy Vinnegar, Chuck Israels, Dave Frishberg
and Dick Berk. His ongoing association with these musicians has led to
numerous live performances and CD recordings. Faehnle has also worked
with such noted musicians as Joey DeFrancesco, Eddie Harris, Clark
Terry, Zoot Sims, and Jeff Hamilton. Other significant colleagues have
been Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Nancy King, Dave Friesen and Rebecca Kilgore.

Faehnle's recording credits begin with his own debut release, "My
Ideal", a straight ahead jazz CD which showcases Faehnle's strength of
melodic content and groove. "My Ideal" also features longtime friend and
pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Ed Bennett, pianist Tony Pacini, and Mel
Brown on drums. Other recording credits include CDs with Leroy Vinnegar,
Chuck Israels, Dave Frishberg, Rebecca Kilgore, Ben Wolfe, Dick Berk and
Tom Grant. Dan also appears on the CD "Sympathique" with the popular
band Pink Martini.

On his latest release, Ohio Lunch (Heavywood Music), Faehnle
"demonstrates that he's a player to be reckoned with." ( Jazz Times
Magazine) A brilliant mix of fresh originals and obscure but beautiful
standards, his new CD features many talented colleagues including
bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist John Stowell, and Ron Steen on drums.

Influenced by bebop pioneer saxophonist Charlie Parker and such diverse
guitarists as George Benson and Wes Montgomery, Faehnle displays the
versatility of a well studied artist, "but within that tradition makes a
compelling, up to the minute statement." (Seattle Times)

Dan Faehnle's website

Doc Dosco is a jazz guitarist, composer and audio consultant living in
Los Angeles, CA. His website is located at http://www.docdosco.com ,
where you can find more information on the 'What's Hot with Jazz Guitar'
columns, audio clips of Doc's playing, and many additional features. Doc
endorses Heritage Guitars and is a featured artist on their website.
He also endorses the new Pignose Valve Tube Amps -- great for jazz (and anything else!

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