Dan Karlsberg is one of Greater Cincinnati’s leading jazz pianists and composers. He often headlines, but has also worked as a sideman with the likes of Tim Warfield, Donald Harrison, Ted Nash, JD Allen, and others. In addition to performing regularly, he teaches at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (CCM) and at Mejas Music in Blue Ash. He has released three albums, including his newest, THE ‘NATI 6, which CityBeat called “brilliant… hypnotically adventurous.”
THE ‘NATI 6 is not just the title of the album; it is the name of the group of extraordinary musicians who perform on it. Each member of the band is based in Cincinnati, but known nationally. The ‘Nati 6 consists of bassist Jim Anderson, who has worked with Art Blakey, Ernestine Anderson, Hank Crawford and Nat Adderly; drummer Art Gore, who has performed with George Benson, Teru Nakamura and Herbie Hancock; trumpeter Kim Pensyl, who has twice been named one of Billboard’s Top -20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year and has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart; saxophonist Brent Gallaher, who has toured with the Glenn Miller Orchestra and the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra; and trombonist Marc Fields, who toured with the RayCharlesOrchestra.
“Cincinnati has a huge jazz tradition which seems to be getting lost on the younger generation,” Karlsberg says. “I wanted to draw attention to the city’s jazz history. The members of this band are established leaders in the jazz world and they have been my mentors.”
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