Dan Kaufman has emerged as a leading and promising young voice in Jazz Piano. Dan’s playing is adventurous and dynamic while firmly rooted in the jazz tradition. As a versatile and sensitive sideman , he has performed for audiences around the world, with many of the most prominent figures in jazz. From Jimmy Heath, Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride and Mark Turner. He is also an accomplished composer and arranger.
Kaufman began classical piano studies at age four and was working professionally as a teenager. He then moved to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory, where he studied with Fred Hersch and Danilo Perez. He joined the Grammy Nominated group, The Either/Orchestra, and quickly became on of the most in demand young talents on the Boston scene, working extensively with Jeremy Pelt, Miguel Zenon, and Bob Moses among others.
After a brief stint as a member of the highly selective Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Kaufman moved to New York to attend the Juilliard School on a full scholarship for the inaugural class of jazz studies where he studied with Kenny Barron.
Kaufman has established himself as an in demand pianist in New York, joining the working bands of Donald Harrison, Ben Wolfe, Wycliffe Gordon, Rodney Green, Wayne Escoffery and Dominck Farinacci. He also works regularly for many of the worlds top jazz vocalists including Nnenna Freelon, Kevin Mahogony, Robin McKelle, Allan Harris, Gretchen Parlato and Marilyn Maye. He currently resides in Manhattan and is releasing his debut recording as a leader, "Familiar Places" this fall on Red Piano Records.