Founder: Jim Callaway
Our Story as told by Jim Callaway:
After several years of hosting home concerts for jazz guitar and jazz piano performances for friends and family, a larger venue became necessary. Discussions with Dr. Bob Lawrence at the Dallas School of Music led to the use of the DSM recital hall. Several board members from the Sammons Center for the Arts and adult piano students from the Dallas School of Music met to form the Dallas Jazz Piano Society in 2010. The first DJPS concert was in Sept 2010 and featured Dallas legend Dave Zoller. The dedication od Dan Haerle, Bob Donachie, Kelly McDonald, David Owen, Bob Lawrence, and Alan Stein kept DJPS moving forward. Financial support from individuals and corporations has made it possible to continue a program of quality music in a family friendly setting. In the fall of 2013, DJPS moved the concert series to the Sammons Center for the Arts and continues to expand the offering to the greater Dallas community. Dan was awarded 2015 Jazz Artist of the Year by Sammons Center of the Arts for his many contributions.
Artistic Director : Mike Finkel
Founding Artistic Director: Dan Haerle
Dan Haerle is a composer, performer, educator, and ambassador of jazz piano. A Regents Professor Emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas, Haerle has authored instructional material used by thousands of musicians worldwide. He was inducted into the International Association of Jazz Education (IAJE) Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2012, the Jazz Education Network (JEN) recognized him, along with Jamey Aebersold, David Baker and Jerry Coker, as the inaugural class of the LeJENds of Jazz award. Through participation in a variety of educational programs, Dan’s focused attention has benefited countless musicians from youth to professional. He continues to teach jazz piano and improvisation online. Dan’s website is: http://danhaerle.com
Dan has performed with Clark Terry, Pat Metheny, Freddie Hubbard and numerous other modern jazz leaders, and has recorded multiple albums featuring his own music as well as jazz standards. A recent performance of the Dan Haerle Quartet at the January 2014 JEN conference in Dallas can be viewed at: http://youtu.be/X7qL7nKGVqA.
Bob Donachie Jr.