dan raznick


Band to Join, Vocalist, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Tenor, Vocalist - Soprano, Rhythm Guitar, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums, Other Percussion, Violin, Trumpet, Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano, Background Singer, Harmonica, Flute, Other, Banjo, Mandolin, Fiddle, Dobro, Vocalist - Alto, Trombone, Bagpipes.


My first and original goal was to become a great improvisor, in the spirit of Jerry Garcia. As my spiritual and musical convictions deepened, I turned to jazz for training, and discovered some of the best music on earth. Both improvisationally gifted, and yet grounded.

Describing my music is difficult. I study guitar technique and music theory every day. I seek to break down the barriers among all kinds of music, seeking a dialogue based approach, rather than total mastery of this or that. When I land in a project, I like to feel the music first, and then transcribe the material second, growing into my role.

I attend local jazz jams, blues jams, and play in various situations downtown, explploring everything from classical to hip hop. I would call myself musically fearless, unafraid of finding the unknown. I take my rhythm playing very seriously, as that gets people dancing, and I don't think it's my strength. I am a free-flowing lead player who approaches even my jazz with something of a rock and roll attitude.

I believe that music is very meaningful, contributing to the beauty, gain and good of culture and society, and even though there isn't an infrastructure for previous models of the music industry, there are still pathways to success locally and beyond.

Screen name:
dan raznick
Member since:
Nov 27 2007
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:


Herbie Hancock for musical exploration, Wayne Shorter Quartet for the cerebral quality, Larry Coryell is the guy I call my teacher (although I've had many great teachers). Jerry Garcia is probably my musical grandfather, who showed me the vocal range ofa guitar and awakened my inner guitar voice.

Anybody who can create great music without sounding completely full of themselves while they do it can be considered and influence. I'm not much a traditionalist, but I always prefer my music to be correct, so I like to keep a foot in the practice of classical guitar for range and technique.

I am further influenced by the prospect of creating music that awakens in others that which other musicians have awakened within me. I'm sure you may understand that point well.


Fender Strat (60th anniversary American made)
Fender Deluxe Reverb '65 Reissue
Gitane DT-250 M acoustic gypsy jazz guitar

various pedals.