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Dan Papirany - Jazz Pianist - Auckland and Wellington

Type: Jazz Band

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Dan Papirany is available as solo, duo, trio or larger band.

Dan Papirany is an adventurous Jazz pianist, composer who understands and follows the eloquent philosophy that is to play melodic phrases and rich harmonies.

Originally starting out as a drummer at seventeen years of age, he discovered the music of Bill Evans and Keith Jarrett's piano playing which led him to switch instruments to the piano. He remembers a quote from drummer Peter Erskine, "play what you mean and mean what you play” for this quote opened up a whole new horizon as he began to play and record professionally as a serious musician.

While studying jazz piano with Leigh Jackson in Wellington, Dan formed his first trio and played in local venues and mainly at "Bar Bodega".

While taking post graduate musicology courses at Victoria University in Wellington Dan was offered the position of Music HOD at a school in Auckland New Zealand teaching Maori students a music curriculum based on Jazz. Dan formed his Auckland trio and performed solos and with his trio at local venues including the famous London Bar and the Jazz Bar.

Dan’s trio recorded their debut album of jazz standards which was released by Ode Records in March of 2004 entitled “Session One” and was nominated for a New Zealand Music Award.

“Session Two” was a compilation of original tunes, the three releases afterward were live albums recorded at the trio residency venue The "MLC Café & Bar” with Pete McGregor on bass and Frank Gibson Jr on drums. His 6th album "2011" and his 7th album "2014" includes his original “Bargara" which won second place in the Australia Jazz Convention Original tunes competition in December 2011. His latest recording is titled "2015" and includes one original tune entitled "Eb Major Waltz”.

Dan’s repertoire consists of originals and jazz standards while appearing at local jazz spots in Australia and New Zealand.
After many stage performances Dan found that his playing matured, phrases became more melodious, often stretching across the bar line with phrases appearing to be more defined and resolving better than before as he consistently reaches for higher heights in his musical abilities.

His favorite musical setting is to perform at a venue that houses a grand piano with a cohesive group of musicians that listens and interacts with each other as they counter solo with the piano, like the Bill Evans trio is known for presenting.

Papirany’s music is the opposite of where the mainstream jazz sound is today, he finds that current sounds are always experimental and doesn't try to follow these trends, simply because he wouldn't be happy sounding like most modern players.

He currently has collaboration with Norwegian vocalist Vibeke Voller resulting in an exciting, rich and creative inspiration to much loved jazz standards! “I took a chance” is their second Duo album which is due to be released at the end of the year. The complimentary interaction of these two unique talents has produced a fresh and polished musical experience!
Dan’s recent collaboration is with Brazilian vocalist Ron Bernard, performing songs with just piano and vocals.

In May 2016 Dan performed with his band two successful shows at EUROPAfest 2016 in Bucharest, and was invited to return next year as a performer and a judge in the international jazz competition.

Dan is Available for performances in Wanganui where he is based plus Auckland and Wellington where he has backing musicians available

Ideal for: background music for corporate function, private party, wedding, please feature artist at Jazz Festival


Adi's tune
All the things you are
Autumn leaves
Blue bossa
Days of Wine and Roses
Dolphin Dance
Eb major waltz
Evening Melody
The two lonley people
There will never be another you
Tick it
Tune for Mali
Turn out the stars
Upper structure
Very Early
We will meet again
What is it
What is this thing
You don't know what love is
You must believe in spring
Falling Grace
Giant Steps
God bless the child
Gone with the wind
Good looking rookie
Green and flowing
Green dolphin st
Here's that rainy day
I love you
In a sentimental mood
In your own sweet way
Joy Spring
Lonna Dee
Maya's Walk
Midnight Mood
My foolish heart
Night and Day
Nobody Else But Me
Once I loved
Peau Douce
Roger's Break
Someone to watch over me
Stella by starlight

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