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Daniel Gassin is an Australian pianist of French-American descent, currently living in Paris.
In 2007 Daniel reached the finals of the Jazz Solo Piano Competition at the iconic Montreux Jazz Festival.
In 2008 he was selected to participate in the Jazz & Creative Music Workshop in Banff, Canada, headed by acclaimed U.S. trumpeter and composer Dave Douglas. In the same year, the Daniel Gassin Trio released its second album Crossover which was recorded by and for the national radio program ABC Jazztrack.
In 2010, the Daniel Gassin Trio performed at the Dubai International Jazz Festival, as well as the Queenstown International Jazz Festival.
In 2011 Daniel made his debut as leader at the Wangaratta International Jazz Festival with his newly-formed Sextet. In July of that year, the Daniel Gassin Sextet’s debut album, featuring all original compositions, was released to critical acclaim and widespread national airplay. The album was nominated for Best Jazz Album at the Independent Music (AIR) Awards, and the track “Banff Song” earned a nomination at the 2012 Jazz Bell Awards for Best Australian Jazz Song of the Year.
In 2013, Daniel reached the final of the National Jazz Awards, and was awarded Third Prize.
In 2016, he was nominated for the prestigious Freedman Fellowship, and completed a five-concert tour of Sweden with his Trio.
In November of the same year, he became the first pianist to perform at Quincy Jones’ new jazz club – Q’s – at the Palazzo Versace Hotel in Dubai, inaugurating the venue as part of UK drummer Ollie Howell’s band over its opening two weeks, and returning for a further three-week stint in 2017.
Since moving to Paris, Daniel has continued with both his Trio and Sextet projects, and is also an in-demand sideman in numerous projects with many of Paris’ finest jazz musicians. These include Grammy Award-winning trumpeter/guitarist Josiah Woodson’s Quintet (he also appears on the band’s debut album), vocalist Marion Chretien’s Quartet, and touring and writing collaborations with vocalist Shola Adisa-Farrar.
In addition to playing and touring extensively with many of Australia’s (and now France’s) finest jazz musicians, Daniel has also performed and recorded with U.S. jazz greats Dave Liebman, George Garzone, Leroy Jones, Rick Margitza, John Riley and Bob Sheppard.
Daniel Gassin is a Yamaha artist.