Visionary Daniel Szabo
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Info for Visionary
This album, recorded in April of 2018 at The Bridge Studio in Glendale, California, was written for unique instrumentation combining woodwind sextet with string quartet and jazz rhythm section. In 'Visionary,' pianist and composer Daniel Szabo features an outstanding line-up of musicians and such as Peter Erskine, Sara Andon, Bob Sheppard, Kim Richmond and Edwin Livingston. Szabo composed, arranged and orchestrated all of the pieces and played the piano. The pieces were conducted by Timothy Williams. The style of this new repertoire shows a blend of jazz, classical and film music idioms, robustly American yet genetically Hungarian.
"Throughout, Szabo illustrates a passion for the classical as well as the strident vocabulary of a jazz pianist. An outstanding class of musicians join him and bring forth strong efforts and compatibility in the making of, and the inspiration behind, Visionary." (All About Jazz)
Daniel Szabo, piano
Peter Erskine, drums
Edwin Livingston, acoustic bass
Sara Andon, flute
Bob Sheppard, tenor saxophone, flute
Chris Bleth, oboe
John Yoakum, English horn
Kim Richmond, clarinet, alto saxophone, soprano saxophone
Phil O'Connor, bass clarinet
Chad Smith, bassoon
Charlie Bisharat, 1st violin
Joel Pargman, 2nd violin
Andrew Duckles, viola
Charlie Tyler, cello
is an award-winning performer-composer-educator. He grew up in the culturally stimulating environment of Eastern-Europe where his artistic path had been shaped by the amalgam of a wide-spectrum of music influences, such as classical, jazz and several folk idioms. He is a prolific recording artist and producer and the winner of the International Martial Solal Jazz Competition (“Grand Prize of the City of Paris”) as well as the Montreux Jazz Piano Solo Contest.
Szabo and his trio were featured in “Mellon Jazz Up Close”, a prestigious jazz series hosted by Danilo Perez (Wayne Shorter Quartet) at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia, and he has toured worldwide in such venues as the Jazz Gallery in NYC, the Blue Note Milan, Duc des Lombards of Paris or the Blue Whale and Catalina Jazz Club in Los Angeles, among others.
Szabo has recorded and/or performed with Peter Erskine, Chris Potter, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Bob Sheppard, Jimmy Haslip, Lionel Loueke, John Zorn, John Ellis, Rosario Giuliani, Julian Siegel, Flavio Boltro, among many others. His albums have been highly praised by such prestigious jazz magazines as Downbeat, All About Jazz, Modern Drummer or New York City Jazz Records.
Szabo regularly works with singers, actors, poets, dancers, theatrical directors and filmmakers as a composer-improviser, arranger and songwriter. He has a unique voice and always seeks for boundary-crossing compositional and improvisational approaches.
After being trained at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Szabo has been mentored by Danilo Perez, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jerry Bergonzi while he was attended the New England Conservatory, and by Vince Mendoza, Peter Erskine, Bruce Broughton and Stephen Hartke at the University of Southern California. He holds a Doctorate degree in the field of jazz piano, classical composition and film scoring.
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