The Dan Aran Quintet

“A sensitive colorist on the kit." — Jazz Times

Dan Aran has become one of the most sought after drummers in New York City. In addition to touring, recording and performing with artists such as Harry Whitaker, Natalie Merchant, Stacey Kent and many others, Dan leads his own quintet and is establishing himself as a writer and bandleader. Dan's debut recording as a leader, "Breathing" (smalls records), was described as “Disarmingly pretty, pure in melodic focus.” — All About Jazz, and as “one of the most beautiful recordings I have heard in a long time.” — Pamela Espeland / Bebopified.

Dan's versatility and ability to play different styles is what keeps him busy with a wide variety of bands. He is a regular member of The Michael Arenella Dreamland Orchestra, The Nick Hempton Band and Itai Kriss's TELAVANA. He is also an in demand dumbek player, and is active in the world music scene.

Dan's musical journey started in his hometown of Jerusalem. He graduated from the Rubin Academy of Music high school and was already a busy drummer in the Israeli music scene, playing with a number of different groups including bassist Avishai Cohen’s trio, the Amos Hoffman group, Omer Avital and Arnie Lawrence. He continued his education at the New School University in New York City, graduating in 2004 with a BFA in performance, and has been playing in major venues in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia ever since.

With Joe Magnarelli on trumpet, Adam Birnbaum on piano, Itai Kriss on flute and Matt Clohesy on bass.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 10:30pm to Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 1:00am



Smalls Jazz Club
183 W. 10th St.
New York, NY 10014


(646) 476-4346


$20, $10 Student (at the discretion of the doorman)

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