Jazz in the Heights: Dan Faehnle

  • Jazz in the Heights: Dan Faehnle

    • Sunday, August 4 at 2pm
    • KHAC Lindner Annex

    The final performance in our Jazz in the Heights series features jazz guitarist Dan Faehnle with pianist Jim Connerly.

    Tickets are $15 in advance; $20 day of show. Free tickets are available for Kennedy Heights residents, thanks to sponsor Kennedy Heights Community Council! Call 513.631.4278 to reserve free tickets.

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    There is little doubt that jazz guitar has entered a new and exciting realm when Dan Faehnle takes the stage. With the technical prowess of a jazz giant, Ohio native Faehnle has made an indelible mark upon the music world, receiving high praise from audiences and critics alike.

    From an up-tempo bebop anthem to a languid, emotional reading of a ballad, Faehnle’s nimble fingers caress his guitar. Whether captivating his jazz club audiences or adding the perfect support to a recording project, this young jazz artist is destined to put his name alongside the other guitar greats.

    Beginning in 2000, Faehnle stepped into the guitar chair with Diana Krall, performing on numerous world tours, television shows, radio and media events. As an integral part of the Diana Krall quartet for three years, Dan garnered accolades from such publications as the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, JazzTimes and Downbeat magazines, as well as many international publications.

    While based in Portland, Oregon, Dan established relationships with such legendary jazz artists as Leroy Vinnegar, Chuck Israels, Dave Frishberg and Dick Berk. His ongoing association with these musicians has led to numerous live performances and CD recordings. Faehnle has also worked with such noted musicians as Joey DeFrancesco, Eddie Harris, Clark Terry, Zoot Sims, and Jeff Hamilton. Other significant colleagues have been Mel Brown, Ron Steen, Nancy King, Dave Friesen and Rebecca Kilgore.

    Faehnle’s recording credits begin with his own debut release, “My Ideal”, a straight ahead jazz CD which showcases Faehnle’s strength of melodic content and groove. “My Ideal” also features longtime friend and pianist Larry Fuller, bassist Ed Bennett, pianist Tony Pacini, and Mel Brown on drums. Other recording credits include CDs with Leroy Vinnegar, Chuck Israels, Dave Frishberg, Rebecca Kilgore, Ben Wolfe, Dick Berk and Tom Grant. Dan also appears on the CD “Sympathique” with the popular band Pink Martini.

    On his latest release, Ohio Lunch (Heavywood Music), Faehnle “demonstrates that he’s a player to be reckoned with.” (Jazz Times Magazine) A brilliant mix of fresh originals and obscure but beautiful standards, his new CD features many talented colleagues including bassist Ben Wolfe, guitarist John Stowell, and Ron Steen on drums.

    Pianist Jim Connerley has been an active member of the Cincinnati and surrounding tristate jazz community since 1990. He graduated, magna cum laude, with a master’s degree from the Indiana University School of Music. He has performed with such internationally known jazz artists as Barry Ries, Don Braden, Antonio Hart, David “Fathead” Newman, Rich Perry and Delfeayo Marsalis. Since moving to the Cincinnati area he has been a member of some of its finest jazz groups including the Pat Harbison Quintet, the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble the salsa band, Tropicoso and the Brent Gallaher Quartet. Currently he is a member of the Art Gore Quartet, the John Zappa trio and the Gary Gorrell Quartet. He also works regularly with vocalist Adia Dobbins.

    Along with his own jazz trio, Jim also leads the United Methodist Jazz trio, an exciting group who performs jazz treatments of gospel songs, hymns and spirituals. Their album, Spirit Songs, re-released in 2006 received critical acclaim from both jazz and liturgical circles. Music critic Larry Nager of the Cincinnati Enquirer gave the album 4-½ stars and called it “music of the highest level.” 

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