Born Nov. 6, 1947 in Elmira, New York, guitarist / composer Dan Rose moved to New York City at the age of 17 to be closer to it all. In the latter 1960's he lived in San Francisco and studied with Jerry Hahn and John Reible and was influenced by Barney Kessel, Tal Farlow, Kenny Burrell and Jim Hall.
Dan toured and recorded with the "Paul Bley Band" in 1973 and 1974.
During this time he was also introduced to the music of Carla Bley, who was a major influence on his composition and musical concept.
During the 1970's Dan Rose was very active in the New York jazz scene. For five years he worked as an organizer and perfomer in Free Life Communications, the organization founded by Dave Liebman and Richie Bierach which promoted "new music" through 60 to 100 concerts and workshops annually.
Dan helped develop and performed in the New York Loft Jazz Celebrations festivals. In 1979 he composed and recorded "CLOSE OPPOSITES," released on the Alacra label. He moved to Europe where he performed in clubs with his own band and as a sideman. In 1981 Dan Rose returned to New York to continue playing in clubs and concentrate on composing. In 1992 he recorded "CONVERSATIONS," released on ENJA RECORDS and features Steve Swallow and John Betsch.
Dan Rose's, "THE WATER'S RISING," (ENJA 1999) features Peter Madsen, Peter Warren and Victor Lewis. "FOUNTAINS" is a trio featuring Ben Riley and Kiyoshi Kitagawa. "WHISPERS IN THE DARKNESS," with singer Tony Perry (2008). In 2012, Dan Recorded "OASIS" a duo with French pianist Claudine Francois (ENJA 2013)
Dan was featured in the book, "Jazz Guitar On Record" by Richard Hetrick. Some of the other musicians he has performed with include Keshevan Maslak, Perry Robinson, Mark Whitecage, Mario Pavone, Michael Moss, Peter Warren, Marty Cook, Badal Roy, Jay Clayton, Sonny Stitt, Wilbur Little, Marc Johnson, Billy Hart, Thomas Chapin, Jean Jacques Avenel, Claudine Francois, Arthur Blythe, Rashid Ali, , John Abercrombie, Tyrone Brown, Winard Harper, Shannon Gibbons, Jeff Williams, Ron McClure, Connie Crothers, Cecil Bridgewater, Percy Heath, Eric Reed, Antonio Hart, Tony Moreno, Harvey Kaiser, Bill Crow, Don Friedman.
From 1998 to 2005 Dan performed in and helped produce "JAZZ AT JENNINGS" an annual benefit concert held at Peter Jennings Bridgehampton home.
From 1996 to 2001 Dan worked exclusively with Max Roach as Producer and Recording Engineer.
Dan has composed and performed music for the following films; "HOW TO DRAW A BUNNY"(Independent Production) "WELCOME HOME ROSCOE JENKINS" (Universal Pictures) "GHOSTS OF GIRLFRIENDS PAST" ( Warner Bros.) "VALENTINE'S DAY" (Warner Bros.)