Dan Karlsberg's new album, "Tales from the Winter Solstice" is now available! Follow the link to stream the music for free, as well as purchase a CD or digital download.

"Tales from the Winter Solstice" is a sax-piano-drums trio, featuring the great JD Allen on tenor saxophone, and Tom Buckley on drums. The music, which was worked out of a period of several months by the group is original and inspiring. All compositions are by Karlsberg, but the manner the works were performed were highly influence by both JD Allen and Tom Buckley.

Check it out!


This episode of River Valley Rhythms features performances by The ‘Nati 6, a Cincinnati jazz super-group, put together by pianist and composer Dan Karlsberg. The performances featured in this special were recorded live as part of Xavier’s Jazz Series. This group of accomplished and nationally-known musicians recorded a self-titled album, The ‘Nati 6, as a tribute to Cincinnati’s jazz heritage. The members of the project area all veteran jazz performers who have recorded and toured with some of the world’s best-known contemporary jazz artists, or have been named one of the top artists themselves, including Jim Anderson, Art Gore, Kim Pensyl, Brent Gallaher and Marc Fields.

To watch the full episode of "River Valley Rhythms" featuring Dan Karlsberg and the 'Nati 6 follow the link!

12.26.15Watch Dan Karlsberg and the 'Nati 6 on "Showcase with Barbara Kellar"

Follow the link to watch the episode: Cincinnati's Jazz Heritage, which features Dan Karlsberg and The 'Nati 6. You will get to see interviews with members of the band and performances of two compositions by Karlsberg.

08.10.1591.7 WVXU "Around Cincinnati" Interview

To learn more about the music and story behind Dan's new album, "The 'Nati 6", listen to Dan Karlsberg's interview with Ron Esposito on 91.7 WVXU's Around Cincinnati. Just follow the link!

07.20.15Dan Karlsberg’s Brilliant Love Letter to ‘Nati Jazz

Now that Dan Karlsberg\'s new album, \"The \'Nati 6\" is available, the articles and reviews are coming in. Here is a review of the album by Cincinnati City Beat\'s Mike Breen. Just follow the link below.

05.08.15Dan Karlsberg 'Nati 6 CD to be released June 23, 2015

Inspired by Cincinnati jazz groups such as The Modern Jazz Disciples, and the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Dan Karlsberg assembled The ‘Nati 6. This group was created by Mr. Karlsberg not only to perform his original music and arrangements, but also to showcase the talent and traditions of the Cincinnati jazz scene. The band is made up of seasoned veterans on the jazz scene today, all of which are leaders of their own ensembles. The members of the band have also served as mentors to Mr. Karlsberg throughout his career, for which he is very grateful.

The Music on the album is a re-imagination of the classic jazz sextet instrumentation (trumpet, sax, trombone with rhythm section). There is a mix of original compositions, along with arrangements by Mr. Karlsberg of a diverse group of composers: Stephen Foster, Maurice Ravel, Miles Davis, and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky.



Marc Fields studied with Oliver Nelson, Ron Carter, Roland Hanna, Phil Woods and Tony Chipurn. Since 1989 he has been a trombonist with Ray Charles Orchestra and has given six world tours. From 1975-1982 he was the trombonist for WLW-TV Staff Orchestra. He is a composer and soloist in the Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, making frequent club appearances and playing jazz festivals. He is active in freelance work in tri-state area.


Kim Pensyl is a prolific jazz recording artist, composer, arranger, and producer who has twice been named one of Billboard’s Top-20 Contemporary Jazz Artists of the Year. A pianist and trumpeter, he has had four Top-10 albums on Billboard’s Contemporary Jazz chart.

He has recorded with jazz legends such as Toots Thielemans, and modern greats like Joey Calderazzo, Bob Mintzer, Chiele Minucci, Andy Narell, Will Kennedy, Steve Rodby, and Alex Acuna. He has performed at such esteemed jazz venues as The Blue Note, Blues Alley, Caravan of Dreams, Scullers, the Beacon Theatre, and the Great American Music Hall. He has also appeared at the Clearwater Jazz Festival, Sunfest, Summerfest, Stone Mountain Jazz Festival, and Pacific Jazz Festival among others. Also, Kim has toured with the Woody Herman Orchestra and Acoustic Alchemy. He has more than 100 published works recorded and over 150 compositions and arrangements in his catalog. Great reviews from DownBeat, Jazziz, Jazz Times and others have followed him during his career, echoing the feelings that fans have about his music.

Kim is an associate professor of music in the jazz studies and commercial music production departments at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and is very active in his college teaching and program development, including the new Commercial Music Production program. Kim writes and performs with the Faculty Jazztet and guest artists at CCM, like Dave Liebman, Arturo Sandavol, Wynton Marsalis, Bob Mintzer, Terri Lyne Carrington, Rufus Reid, John Clayton, and Mulgrew Miller among others. Kim performs around Cincinnati and Central Ohio in various groups with Phil DeGreg, Rick VanMatre, and many others. He is a member of the Blue Wisp Big Band, Pat Kelly’s Psycho Acoustic Orchestra, Hank Maunter’s Masterworks Orchestra, Carmon DeLeone’s New Studio Big Band, and Brasilia.


Brent Gallaher moved to Cincinnati Ohio in 1988 to study jazz at the University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM) and has resided there since. He took time off from the university to tour with the Glenn Miller Orchestra in 1991-1992. After touring with the orchestra, he returned to Cincinnati and to the CCM, finishing his degree in 1994.

After graduating Brent choose to remain in Cincinnati where he had the opportunity to regularly practice his craft with great jazz artists such as Cal Collins, John Von Ohlen, Kenny Poole, Steve Schmidt, Wilbert Longmire, Bob Bodley, Bobby Scott, Ron McCurdy, Art Gore, Jimmy McGary, Jim Anderson, Morgy Craig and many others.

In November 1998, Brent was called to tour with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra under the direction of Buddy Morrow. Brent was with the Dorsey band for just under a year. He returned to Dorsey in 2000 and was with them for an additional seven months. After Dorsey, Brent returned to Cincinnati working as a freelance musician, private instructor and clinician.

In August of 2003, Brent completed the recording of his first CD Vanessa's Song and it was released in March of 2004. This CD features the talents of Jim Connerley on piano, Jim Anderson on bass and Tony Franklin on drums. Brent also recorded with Over the Rhine, in the fall of 2004, on their album Drunkard's Prayer—Virgin/Back Porch Records..

March 2010 marked the release of Brent's second recording project titled Lightwave. This features the talents of Dan Karlsberg on piano, Steve Whipple on bass and Anthony Lee on drums.

Presently, Brent continues to freelance and can be heard with his own bands as well as with a wide variety of groups including the Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, the Pete Wagner Band, the Blue Wisp Big Band, the Art Gore Quartet, and the Cincinnati Pops.


Jazz bassist, Jim Anderson, has long been a respected performer and jazz composer. His jazz experience is world class, having toured with the notable Art Blakey, Ernestine Anderson, Hank Crawford, and Nat Adderly. Locally, Jim has been a co-leader of the highly esteemed Cohesion Jazz Ensemble and is continually in demand to perform in local and regional groups. Jim has most recently performed with Joshua Redman at CCM and with Gary Bartz & Lewis Nash at the Dayton Art Institute. He has also performed with the Javon Jackson Quartet featuring Jimmy Cobb and Benny Green and Delfeayo & Jason Marsalis.


Art Gore took private study with Vic Firth (Boston Symphony) and Alan Dawson. During his early career, he toured and recorded with George Benson for five years as well as recorded with Teruo Nakamura and Herbie Hancock (on Rising Sun and Manhattan Special for Polydor Records), Larry Young, and Lonnie Liston Smith (on Expansions for RCA).

In Cincinnati, Gore is the leader of the Greenwich Trio and a member of the Blue Wisp House Trio. He was awarded the Elliott "Elli" Mannette Outstanding Musical Innovation Award by the State of Ohio in 2001.


Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, Dan Karlsberg has been studying and playing piano since the age of 5, with an emphasis on both classical music and jazz. He earned both Master and Bachelor degrees in jazz studies from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. Karlsberg is active both as a performer and teacher. He performs regularly with his own group (the Dan Karlsberg Group), for which Marc Medwin in Cadence Magazine comments:

“This is a group functioning on the highest level of communication and commitment… they tackle freedom and restraint with equal vigor, convincing on whatever musical front they choose."

In addition to leading his own band, Karlsberg has worked as a sideman with various musicians including Donald Harrison, Tim Warfield, Ted Nash, JD Allen, John Fedchock, Don Braden, Marvin Stamm, Dan Fehnle, Aurell Ray, Roni Ben-Hur, John Von Ohlen, Brad Goode, the Blue Wisp Big Band, Cohesion Jazz Ensemble, Ron Enyard, Mike Wade, Jamey Aebersold, among many others.

As a teacher, Karlsberg is an adjunct professor at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music for the Commercial Music Production Program. He also teaches piano at the Prep. Department at the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music, as well as at Mehas Music in Blue Ash, and teaches annually at the Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp in Michigan.

06.08.13Brent Gallaher Kickstarter Campaign

Brent Gallaher has a new project featuring musicians from 3 cities:

New York City: Steve Whipple - bass, Anthony "T" Lee - drums, and Nancy Harms - voice

Chicago: Andy Brown - guitar

Cincinnati: Dan Karlsberg - piano, Brent Gallaher - saxophones.

To find out more about the project, and to support its production follow the link, wich will take you to the kickstarter webpage.

09.28.12Listen to Radio interview about Crackpot Theory CD

Garin Webb and Dave Ridenour are interviewed about the New CD release of the Cincinnati collective group "Crackpot Theory". The album also features Dan Karlsberg (piano), Aaron Jacobs (bass), and Dave Colvin (drums).

This interview is from 91.7 WVXU "Around Cincinnati". To listen to interview, click on "launch reltaed site", and it should open an mp3 for you to listen to.

To purchase the album, Crackpot Theory, go to the "Buy CD" tab of this website.

07.31.11Listen to Brad Goode with Karlsberg, Whipple, and Lee!

Listen to trumpeter Brad Goode with Dan Karlsberg, Steve Whipple, and Anthony Lee, live at the Blue Wisp from April 10, 2011. The performance is also available to download for free. Just follow the link!

10.29.10Dan Karlsberg Nominated for 2010 Cincinnati Entertainment Award

Dan Karlsberg was nominated for a Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the "Jazz" category. To vote for Dan, follow the link!

10.29.10Many new videos posted in "video section"!

Check out the many videos posted from the "Mission to Mars" CD release concert at the Blue Wisp on July 24th, 2010. Just go to the "video" section, and follow the links. Also, there are a couple of new clips of Dan Karlsberg with the Brent Gallaher Quartet. Enjoy!

06.24.10New Album "Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories" Available June 29th, 2010

The Dan Karlsberg Group's new album will be available for purchase on June 29, 2010 at Cd Baby.com, iTunes, Amazon.com, and other online stores.

Info about new "Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories":

Award-winning jazz keyboardist and composer Dan Karlsberg is setting his sights skyward, with the release of his second CD, Mission to Mars & Other Short Stories. This time, he is taking new crew members along for the ride, with regular sidemen, bassist Steve Whipple and drummer Anthony “T" Lee, both former Cincinnatians who are now based in New York. Joining them on various tracks are four other Cincinnati favorites: Sandy Suskind on flute, Garin Webb on soprano and tenor sax, Oz Landesberg on tenor sax, and trombonist Marc Fields, who spent six years touring with the late Ray Charles.

“This project was inspired by an old Herbie Hancock album called Speak Like a Child," Karlsberg said. “It showed Herbie’s trio highlighted by the colors of a horn section. I wanted to do the same thing, using horns to add extra color and depth to the music. As the album progressed, on most of the songs, I ended up having the horn players take on featured roles too."

When Karlsberg refers to horns, he means flute, trombone, soprano sax and tenor sax. Stylistically, the new album is quite a departure from his 2007 release, The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group, which consisted solely of keyboards, bass, drums, flute and vocals. That album received a Best of the City Award from CityBeat, Cincinnati’s alternative newspaper, and was nominated for two CEA Cincinnati Entertainment Awards, in the Jazz and Best New Artist categories.

Now comes Mission to Mars, comprised of eight tracks totaling nearly an hour of straight-ahead jazz infused with Karlsberg’s unique blend of funk and fun. All but two of the tunes are original, each deeply personal and reflective of the musician’s observations and memories. The title composition, for example, was inspired by Karlsberg’s niece and nephew.

“They used to watch a cartoon called The Backyardigans," he said. “One of the episodes was Mission to Mars, and I thought that would be a great title for a song. The tune I wrote is exploratory. The structure of the song is a combination of free and open sections with more ridged sections too. I wasn’t trying to make it sound like space music, but it’s definitely ‘out there’ at times."

Several other tracks were inspired by Karlsberg’s friends, a favorite comedian and, in one case, a pet. The tune “T" Ordering Food is based on Karlsberg’s interpretation of the way drummer Anthony “T" Lee takes his time meticulously studying a menu, before ordering a meal. Whipple’s Mode is a happy tribute to friend and bassist Steve Whipple. Mollie’s Mood is a bittersweet ode to the composer’s late basset hound. The track To Richard Pryor, as the title suggests, was inspired by Karlsberg’s memories of the late comedian.

“I have always been a big fan of comedy, and Richard Pryor is at the top of my list," Karlsberg said. “His genius and humanity inspired me to compose this tune for him. I, for some reason, associate Richard Pryor with the 1970’s, so I tried to capture some of the funkiness of the 70’s with this composition."

Two tracks on the album are covers: Nereid by the classical British composer Arnold Bax, and Bali Hai by Richard Rodgers, from the musical South Pacific. “Nereids are mythological sea nymphs," Karlsberg said. “You can hear the back and forth of the ocean’s waves, the magical and mysterious world of the open sea. Bali Hai is one of many songs introduced to me by my father through his love of film. It has a beautiful, haunting melody that has stuck with me through the years."

02.08.10Two new live recordings in Listen section!

Two newer compositions by Dan Karlsberg from the Dec. 27, 2009 performance at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club have been posted in the "Listen" section of this site. It features the usual rhythm section of Dan with Steve Whipple (bass), and Anthony Lee (drums), along with Brent Gallaher on tenor sax, and Marc Fields on trombone. Enjoy!

12.09.09Dan Karlsberg Group After Christmas Concert at Blue Wisp Jazz CLub

On Sunday Dec. 27th, 2009 at 8:30pm at the Blue Wisp, The Dan Karlsberg Group will be performing with two special guests, Brent Gallaher (saxophone) and Marc Fields (trombone). Also bandmates, Steve Whipple and Anthony "T" Lee will be returning from NYC to take part in the show.

We will be performing new compositions and arrangements by all members of the group, so please come out and join us for a night of living, creative music.

11.05.09Two new videos from the "Jazz Alive" Concert

There are two new videos found in the "video clips" section of this website! One clip is of a new composition of Dan's, titled "Ballade", performed by a sextet, while the other clip is of an Andrew Hill composition, "Mist Flower", as performed by a quartet.

Please check it out, and feel free to leave any comments!

08.19.09New Dan Karlsberg Group CD on its Way!

We are getting closer to releasing our 2nd CD. The concept of this project is to feature the trio (Steve Whipple, Anthony Lee, and Dan) supported with a horn section, similar to Herbie Hancock's "Speak Like a Child" album. As the project developed, the horn players took on a greater role on many of the songs. Most of the songs are originals by Dan, including the background music playing called "Mollie's Mood".

The musicians invloved are:

Sandy Suskind - flute
Garin Webb - soprano and tenor sax
Marc Fields - trombone
Oz Landesberg -tenor sax
Steve Whipple - bass
Anthony "T" Lee - drums

Stay tuned, because there is more news on upcoming projects!

01.30.09Dan Karlsberg Group at Fairfield Community Arts Center

Dan Karlsberg Group will be performing in a new configuration (sextet) with all new compositions and arrangements, at the Fairfield Community Arts Center. To hear an interview, and a sample of the music that will be performed, listen to 91.7FM on Sunday Feb. 1st, 2009 at 7:00pm - 8:00pm. The radio show is called "Around Cincinnati".

The performers are:

Sandy Suskind - flute, alto sax
Garin Webb - Tenor and soprano sax
Marc Fields - trombone
Dan Karlsberg - piano
Jim Anderson - bass
Anthony "T" Lee - drums

10.29.08Dan Karlsberg Nominated for 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Award

Dan Karlsberg was nominated in the jazz category for the 2008 Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. To vote for Dan, follow the link!

10.03.08Photos from MidPoint Music Festival

New photos from the Dan Karlsberg Group's performance at the Midpoint Music festival have been upload to the Gallery. Check them out!

09.10.08Dan Karlsberg Group at the Midpoint Music Festival

The Dan Karlsberg Group will be performing at the Blue Wisp Jazz Club on September 27th, at Midnight, as part of the Midpoint Music festival.

Since our Bassist Steve Whipple has Moved to Ecuador for a year, we will be in a new format. The new format will include Sandy Suskind, Oz Landesberg, Dan Karlsberg (on Hammond Organ), and Anthony "T" Lee. New and exciting music will be performed! This is a must see!

09.03.08CD Now Available on iTunes and Amazon.com

"The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group" can now be downloaded from both iTunes and Amazon.com

12.23.07Dan Karlsberg Group on FOX19 in Cincinnati

The Dan Karlsberg Group will perform their arrangement of "O Holy Night" on FOX ch. 19 News in the morning on Christmas morning at approximately 6:45-6:50am. So I hope you all watch and enjoy!

10.07.07Dan Karlsberg Group Nominated for CEA Awards

The Dan Karlsberg Group was nominated in two categories (Jazz and New Artist) for the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. To vote for the group follow this link.

08.10.07First CD Released

The Dan Karlsberg Group released their first CD titled "The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group". The core of the group consists of Dan Karlsberg of piano, Steve Whipple on bass, and Anthony Lee on Drums. Two guests join the group: Sandy Suskind on flute, and Mica Darley, our vocalist.

You can Purchase our Cd at www.cdbaby.com by clicking on "launch related site"

Also, if you live in Cincinnati, You Can find "The Adventures of the Dan Karlsberg Group" at Joseph Beth Booksellers and at Barnes and Noble.