Genre: Jazz/New Age
Active Years: 1970’s – 1980’s
Dan Siegel is a pianist, composer and record producer. His earlier music has been described as new age, while his more recent work has been called contemporary jazz.
Siegel was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He began piano lessons at the age of eight, and started performing professionally as lead singer and guitar player in a rock band at the age of 12.
After receiving a degree in Music Composition from the University of Oregon in 1976, he began recording his own compositions with his band. He also holds a degree in Jazz Studies, and studied piano in Boston with Madame Challoff. In 1979, he was signed to Inner City Records, a New York based independent jazz label.
Siegel’s first recording was released in 1980. His second album, The Hot Shot (1981), reached No.1 on the Radio & Records Jazz Chart and remained for 10 weeks in the top 10 of Billboard’s Jazz Chart. In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television work and a more active recording career. He has traveled and performed around the world. His song “Gone But Not Forgotten” is well known as the bed for Verizon’s conference call hold music.
Nite Ride (1980), Inner City Records
- Bass, Violin – Rob Thomas (2)
- Drums, Percussion – Gary Hobbs
- Guitar – Garry Hagberg, Lee Ritenour (tracks: A5, B2)
- Producer – Dan Siegel
- Recorded By – Don Ross, Peter Lorincz
- Saxophone [Tenor] – John Klemmer (tracks: A2)
- Trumpet, Flugelhorn – Bart Bartholomew (tracks: A2, B2, B4)
Recorded at Triad Recording Studio, Eugene, Oregon and Devonshire Sound Studios, California, September 1979.
The Hot Shot (1981), Inner City
Oasis (1981), Inner City
Recorded at Triad Recording Studio, Eugene, Oregon
Dan Siegel (1982), Elektra
Reflections (1983), Epic