“Oak-tree-thick bass….” – All About Jazz, New York
A fresh presence on the New York music scene, Dan Loomis has quickly become one the most in-demand bassists of his generation. Called “a forceful and creative bass player” (Cadence) “double-teaming you with style and substance” (All About Jazz), Dan has created a stir with both his powerful bass playing and his vision as a composer/bandleader. Dan tours extensively through the US, Canada and Europe with his groups The Dan Loomis Quartet (DLQ), The Wee Trio, Spoke, and as a sideman with wildly diverse ensembles including the TS Monk Sextet, winning new audiences and bringing enthusiastic praise from critics.
Dan’s musical roots lie in the historic jazz town of Saint Louis, Missouri where he studied with Reggie Thomas and Tom Kennedy. Relocated to Rochester, NY for a period of intense study at the renowned Eastman School of Music. By then his playing was already receiving national attention; Downbeat magazine selected The Very Tall Band, made up of Dan and his Eastman compatriots, as Best Collegiate Small Ensemble.
While still at Eastman, Dan recorded his first album as leader, Tondos. His second album with the DLQ, I Love Paris, marked Dan’s arrival in New York, and it earned him quite a welcome, called ‘one the top new releases of 2007’ by the noted jazz historian Scott Yanow. This group toured US extensively for much of 2006 and 2007. At the same time Dan kept quite busy as a sideman in New York. His large and growing discography includes styles ranging from jazz to indie-pop to eastern-European-improv music to post-punk. He has been active with a large number of projects including the TS Monk Sextet/ Tentet, the Ernesto Cervini Quartet with Joel Frahm, Benny Reid’s Findings, the Erica VonKleist Quintet, The Dave Bixler Quintet among others. His work as a sideman has seen him performing in New York’s most prestigious venues including The Blue Note, The Jazz Standard, Birdland, and Jazz at Lincoln Center. He has also toured extensively though the Czech Republic, Canada, Italy, Slovakia, Germany, the United Kingdom and throughout the United States.
Dan co-leads two collaborative groups that serve as an outlet for his visions as a composer and performer. The first, S P O K E earned serious praise for their self-titled debut — critics calling it ‘one of the most inventive records we’ve heard all year’ (HotHouse). The Wee Trio – with vibraphonist James Westfall and drummer Jared Schonig – created a sonic landscape all their own with their first two albums, ‘Capitol Diner, Vol. 1‘ and ‘Capitol Diner, Vol. 2: Animal Style’. The album made an immediate stir with the press, who called The Wee Trio “definitely a group to watch” (Downbeat) and said “the trio puts forth a compelling case that they are the ambassadors of the genre’s future” (Saratogian). Upcoming projects include a new album from Spoke, a David Bowie project with the Wee Trio and a recording of the ‘Unfathomable Misery of Being’ with the DLQ plus Voices.