Daniel Rosenthal is a jazz trumpeter, composer, and educator. He co-leads the Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet with guitarist, Eric Hofbauer, The Rosenthals, with his father, Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer and string-player, Phil Rosenthal, and The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band (along with sister, Naomi Sommers and mother Beth Sommers). He leads the Dan Rosenthal Quintet, which features Charlie Kohlhase and Rick Stone on saxophones, Jef Charland on bass, and Luther Gray on drums.
Rosenthal is an in-demand sideman, performing in many well regarded jazz groups in Boston and beyond. He has been a member of the Grammy nominated 10-piece jazz ensemble, The Either/Orchestra, since 2006. With the E/O, Daniel has performed at stages throughout North America, Europe and Africa. He is a member of Charlie Kohlhase's Explorers Club, Ayn Inserto's Jazz Orchestra, the Bathysphere Big Band (co-led by Pandelis Karayorgis and Jorrit Dijkstra), and the wedding band, The Sultans. Dan is also a member of the Composers Collective, co-led by Allan Chase and Bruno Raberg.
Dan is an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, teaching in the Ear Training department, as well as coaching ensembles at Berklee's 5-week summer program. He is a private trumpet instructor at MIT and Milton High School’s AALP program. He also teaches group trumpet classes in several Boston Public Elementary schools as part of the Making Music Matters program. Dan also teaches the Alexander Technique and trumpet lessons privately from his home in Roslindale, MA. He has taught workshops at Denver University and Amherst College.
Daniel grew up in a musical family in Guilford, CT (first gigs at age 10 with the family band) and went on to study music at the New England Conservatory, earning his B.A. and M.M. in jazz performance. At NEC, Daniel studied improvisation and composition with Steve Lacy, Bob Brookmeyer, John McNeil, and Jerry Bergonzi. He studied classical trumpet for four years with long-time Boston Symphony Orchestra principal trumpeter, Charles Schlueter. Daniel has also studied trumpet technique with Laurie Frink and Steve Emory. Dan received his certification to teach the Alexander Technique from the Alexander Technique Training Center in Newton, MA, under the direction of Ruth Kilroy.
Recent venues where Rosenthal has performed include: Montreal Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center Out of Doors, Chicago Jazz Festival, National Theater (Addis Ababa), City Theater (Addis Ababa), Alliance Francaise (Dire Diwa), Teatro Manzoni (Milan), Moers Jazz Festival (Germany), The Barbican (UK), Glastonbury Festival (UK), Music Meeting (Holland), What is Classical Festival (Toronto), Festival of World Cultures (Ireland), Helsinki Festival, Jazz and Ribs Festival (Columbus), Iridium, Smalls, Regattabar, Historic Sweets Ballroom (Oakland), Ryles, Soder Theater (Stockholm), Beantown Jazz Festival, Sanders Theater, Jordan Hall, Institute of Contemporary Art (Bosotn), Litchfield Jazz Festival, and Denver University.
Daniel has performed with Eithiopian music legends, Mulatu Atstatke, Mahmoud Ahmed, Getachew Mekurya, and Alemayehu Eshete. He has also shared the stage with such jazz icons as Steve Lacy, Anthony Braxton, Joe Morris, Allan Chase, Bob Brookmeyer, Medeski Martin and Wood, George Garzone, Sean Jones, Ben Monder, Miguel Zenon, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, Matt Wilson, John Carlson, Tony Malaby, Charlie Kohlhase, Yoron Israel, Jason Palmer, Pandelis Karayorgis, Noah Preminger, Godwin Louis, Taylor Ho Bynum, and many others.
Daniel's 2011 cd, Lines, was jazz journalist Francis Davis’ top pick for debut of the year in 2011’s Rhapsody Jazz Poll. The Boston Phoenix included Rosenthal in Jon Garelick’s list of “Top 10 Jazz Acts to Blow Through the Roof in Boston in 2011.” Daniel was included in jazz journalist Arnaldo DeSouteiro’s top ten lists of 2011 for both trumpet and composition. Feature length profiles of Rosenthal appeared in the Boston Phoenix, the Hartford Courant, and the New Haven Register. Daniel was featured in April 2011's issue of Downbeat Magazine, in the “Players” section.