click to enlarge
Dan Zemelman began at age 5 as a classically trained pianist who then developed a passion for Jazz in his early adulthood. In 1998 as part of the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Ambassadors program, Zemelman toured India and Sri Lanka, representing America’s jazz tradition through teaching and performances. After moving from Chicago to the Bay Area, he was able to contribute to John Lee Hooker’s last studio album Face to Face. Formally of the band Plum Crazy, Zemelman currently plays regularly with the bay area's great bassist/composer Marcus Shelby as well as his own quartet featuring Andrew Emer on bass (toured with Lee Konitz), Erik Jekabson on trumpet (toured with Jon Mayer) and Greg Wyser-Pratte on drums, who will all accompany him on the Yoshi’s stage. The Quartet debuted at Yoshi's last February (2009) with a very successful CD release party and has continued that trend by playing for the SF Jazz Summerfest series as well as receiving an honorary position as an alternate band for Jazz at Lincoln Center's Rhythm Road 2010 music abroad program.