Described as a “prodigy” by AllAboutJazz.com, Daniel Dickinson is a force to be reckoned with in music. Highly gifted as a composer, arranger, woodwind specialist, improviser, and classical musician, Daniel possesses the rare ability to both stay true to style and express a distinctly compelling voice of his own. Having been raised in a 5-musician family with his two older brothers and loving parents, all of whom are seasoned instrumentalists in various genres, Daniel's choice to enter a musical field required no second thought. A product of Jacksonville Florida's acclaimed arts schools: LaVilla School of the Arts, Douglas Anderson School of the Arts, and University of North Florida, as well as the Manhattan School of Music in New York, Daniel has studied with the absolute best educators in each category of music that he pursues today.
Daniel has recorded and performed with GRAMMY-award-winning artists and household names in jazz such as Ulysses Owens, Jr., Ben Williams, Reuben Rogers, Christian Sands, Michael Dease and many others. In 2014, Daniel recorded his jazz debut album, produced by Ulysses Owens, Jr., featuring his own compositions and arrangements of standard jazz repertoire, enjoying international publication and the #2 spot on CMJ, and placement on the ballots for the GRAMMY awards. A year later, Daniel was featured on Carter Calvert's album entitled "It's a Man's World" as both arranger and saxophonist for the Broadway star's second highly acclaimed jazz release. Other artists featured on the CD include Laurence Hobgood, Marco Panascia and Joel Frahm. His latest record as co-leader entitled “Kin”, features his chordless trio, Paragon, co-led by Connor Kent, Daniel, and Emiliano Lasansky.
While studying at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville (an institution from which Daniel has received two degrees: one in classical clarinet performance, and one in jazz studies), Daniel had the honor of not only studying with revolutionary musicians such as Bunky Green on saxophone and Guy Yehuda on Clarinet, but receiving esteemed recognition from national music publications and organizations, such as the McCoy Scholarship from the North East Florida Jazz Association, the "best composition" award from downbeat magazine, and acceptance to the 2014 Disney All-American College Band program in Anaheim, California. While in Florida, Daniel also had the pleasure of performing frequently with the Jacksonville symphony.
Daniel recently graduated from the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as well as the Manhattan School of Music in New York City with a master’s degree in jazz composition where he studied privately with Vincent Herring and Jim McNeely. As a fixture of the New York music scene, Daniel continues to contribute to various high-profile ensembles in New York, such as the New Century Big band. He also continues to create music in every conceivable genre. One project in particular being a musical adaptation of The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde, a collaboration between himself and his brother, Christian Dickinson. Expect to see plenty more material from Daniel as time progresses, but in the meantime, feel free to refer to Daniel's growing discography and media collection to discover more about this rising star.