Biography

Composer, Arranger and Jazz Pianist Dan Cahn completed both his Masters Degree in Jazz Performance and Doctorate in Music Education at the University of North Texas.

 Dan serves as musical director and jazz pianist of the Open University Jazz Concert Series. The series that started in 2011 has hosted some of Israels most noted jazz artists which have included names such as Albert Beger, Dror Bar Israel, Erez Bar Noy, Vered Dekel, Gilad Dobrecky, Amit Freidman, Mamelo Gaitanopoulos, Ofer Ganor, Rony Holan, Mattan Klein, Gil Ladin, Ilan Salem, Rami Shuler, Peter Wertheim and Shay Zalman.

Dan has performed both as a soloist and as pianists with several jazz groups. These have included apart from his quartet and trio, the Jazz group “Blue Skylight Quintet” a group dedicated to the performance of compositions by Charles Mingus, as well as the Haifa Big Band. During the year Dan produces and participates in concerts dedicated to various jazz artists.

Dan’s debut recording as leader was on the CD "FIGMENT" recorded in 1997 with his quartet which included saxophonist Dror Bar Israel, bassist Udi Kazimirski and drummer Gideon Paschov. 

Cahn’s second CD titled "TOREADORE" which include seven of his original compositions was recorded in 2008 with his trio which included Valerie Lipets on bass and Dani Benedikt on Drums (the CD may be purchased at CDBaby).  

As part of his academic activities Dan is currently completing a jazz history book in Hebrew for the Open University where he teaches and coordinates  the jazz history course.  He is also an adjunct faculty member at the Technion Institute where apart from jazz history, he teaches courses in world music, psychology of music and jazz improvisation.

As part of his educational activiteis Dan teaches jazz improvistaion and directs the jazz ensemble at Reut high school in Haifa and teaches jazz history at the Moshava high school in Zichron Yaakov.