Dan Murphy is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator in Chicago, IL. Studying piano since age 7, Murphy has developed a strong musical identity. He is equally capable as a leader and a sideman with a tremendous amount of experience playing standard and modern repertoire. Whether playing solo, accompanying vocalists, or performing in large and small ensembles, his musicianship is very adaptable.
Locally, Dan plays with many top Chicago artists including Mark O'Connor, John Goldman, Joel Spencer, Patrick Mulcahy, Jon Deitemyer, Andy Zimmerman, Jeannie Tanner, and the Dave Rothstein Band. He also plays organ in the Tony DoRosario Trio, as well as the Vital Organ Trio with drummer Ian Springer and guitarist Daniel Bruce.
Prior to relocating from the Akron/Cleveland area, Dan was busy leading his own piano trio and quartet and was constantly performing with many Northeastern Ohio artists including: vocalists Helen Welch and Barbara Knight, saxophonists Bobby Selvaggio and Ernie Krivda, trumpeter Jack Schantz, and trombonists Paul Ferguson and Chas Baker. Murphy has backed-up national artists including Annie Sellick, Ralph Lalama, Kevin Mahogany, Slide Hampton, Jiggs Whigham, Ali Ryerson, Alan Vizzutti, Paquito D'Rivera, Phil Palombi, Carla Cook, Steve Hobbs, Lance Bryant, and accompanied drummer John Riley for the Ohio Day of Percussion clinic.
In 2013, Dan released his debut album, entitled Undisclosed Location on Armored Records. It includes five original compositions by Dan and arrangements of two lesser-known standards, as well as other non-Murphy originals. Dan utilizes two trios with bass/drum units Kip Reed/Matt Perko and Kurt Kotheimer/Nathan Douds. With guest hornmen Bobby Selvaggio, Chris Anderson, and Chris Burge, the album is packed with high-energy rhythmic interaction.
Dan is the pianist for the Nathan Douds Ensemble, whose groundbreaking self-titled CD was released in 2011. He recorded with trumpeter Paul Tynan and baritone saxophonist Aaron Lington's “Bi-Coastal Jazz Collective” for their Chapter Three album released in summer of 2012, and was also the assistant producer. Dan was featured on two of saxophonist Bobby Selvaggio's albums. On Visions and Transitions, Dan plays the Fender Rhodes electric piano with Matt Perko on drums and Kip Reed on electric bass. On Bobby's 2007 release for Arabesque Records entitled Modern Times , Dan split the piano duties with Kenny Werner and was joined by trumpeter Sean Jones, drummer Nathan Douds, and bassist Matt Wigton. Murphy was a contributing arranger on a several pieces and accompanied singer Helen Welch for her album One Dream . He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and has toured extensively in the U.S. and Japan with the World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra, even writing a few arrangements for the band while on the road. In 2002 he recorded with the GMO's 2002 release On The Air, a live XM radio broadcast, and Nick Hilscher Swings with the Glenn Miller Orchestra , the debut album for the current GMO musical director. Murphy also worked as a pianist for Princess Cruises. While in college, Dan was selected to perform with the Disney Collegiate All-Star Band (also known as the All American College Band) both in Orlando, FL (1999) and in Anaheim, CA (2000).
Murphy holds a Master's Degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Akron. He has taught various music courses and applied lessons as an adjunct professor at Youngstown State University, Ashland University, and Harold Washington College. Dan resides in Chicago and is currently the Director of Music at St. James on Wabash in the city's Bronzeville neighborhood and is a member of the full-time music faculty at the University of Illinois at Chicago.