Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Dan Nimmer

Dan Nimmer (piano) was born in 1982 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. An old soul in a very young body, Mr. Nimmer plays with the spirit, the passion and the soul of someone who has been on the planet much longer. With prodigious technique and innate sense of swing, his playing often recalls that of his own heroes, specifically Oscar Peterson, Wynton Kelly, Erroll Garner and Art Tatum. As a young man, Mr. Nimmer’s family inherited a piano and he started playing by ear; he was, if you will, "called" by the instrument. Soon, he asked his parents for some piano lessons. He then began to study classical music with pianist Barbara Bunge. It wasn't long before he was studying with jazz pianist Mark Davis at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. At the same time, he began playing gigs in Milwaukee with renowned saxophonist Berkley Fudge. Upon graduation from high school, Mr. Nimmer left Milwaukee to study music at Northern Illinois University. It didn't take him long to become one of Chicago's busiest piano players. He was making his mark on the scene playing with all of the Chicago heavyweights. It was because of this that Mr. Nimmer decided to leave school following his second year and make the big move to New York City where he immediately emerged into the New York scene. After being in New York for about a year, playing with many different musicians, Mr. Nimmer got a recommendation to play in Wynton Marsalis' band. In 2005, Wynton heard him and hired him to become a member of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. In addition to Wynton Marsalis, Mr. Nimmer has performed and or recorded with Jimmy Cobb, Frank Wess, Clark Terry, Cassandra Wilson, Benny Golson, Ed Thigpen, Wes "Warmdaddy" Anderson, Fareed Haque and many more. He has released two albums on the Venus label. The first is entitled Tea For Two and the most recent is Kelly Blue which features bassist John Webber and legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb.

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