Dan Crisci Jazz Trio


For this year’s Canticles for Life concerts, pianist  Dan Crisci will be joined by long-time collaborators Paul Ivory on bass and Dan DeRienzo on drums. Dan Crisci has been performing in the New York/New Jersey area since 1984.  He has performed as a soloist and in various group settings at numerous clubs including Birdland and The Squire in New York City, and Trumpets, The Old Bay, Van Gogh’s Ear, Cafe Beethoven, and Shanghai Jazz and many others  in New Jersey.  His jazz quartets and trios have been featured in concerts in NJ at St. George’s Church in Maplewood, Montclair Unity Church, Summit Central Presbyterian Church and the Bridgewater Library. Dan’s group was also a featured act at the 2010 Maplewood Jazzfest.  His quartet performed at various NJ New Years Eve First Nights over the years.

Dan has been showcased with the Triad Arts Ensemble on many previous occasions. He first accompanied their production of the musical The Fantasticks in 1994. Since then, he has performed in the annual Canticles for Life AIDS benefit concerts as a soloist, choir accompanist, and with his jazz trios and quartets.  Dan has often collaborated with his wife, clarinetist/composer/conductor Virginia Johnston. From 1999 to 2006 Dan served as co-minister of music at the Springfield Emanuel United Methodist Church along with Ms. Johnston.

Dan has performed in various programs presented by The Discovery Orchestra including numerous educational performances featuring his quartet as well as jazz vocalist Bill Robinson. He also performed as part of the Orchestra at their annual Viennese Masked Ball at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York and at other gala events at NJPAC and Drew University in New Jersey.  Dan has also been a guest artist on several  Discovery Orchestra Chat educational videos.

Dan has released 5 recordings which feature his original jazz compositions and arrangements. Dan’s recordings are available via CD Baby and on various streaming platforms.

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