Daniel Rosenthal is a Boston-based trumpeter/composer/educator. He is an Assistant Professor in the Ear Training department at Berklee College of Music. He is an active performer and leads several different groups. He is half of the duo, The Rosenthals, with his father, Grammy-nominated bluegrass singer and string-player, Phil Rosenthal. Daniel is one quarter of The Sommers Rosenthal Family Band. He leads the Daniel Rosenthal Quintet, which features Charlie Kohlhase and Rick Stone on saxophones, Jef Charland on bass, and Luther Gray on drums. He also co-leads the newly formed Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet, which features Eric Hofbauer on guitar, Aaron Darrell on bass and Austin McMahon on drums.
Daniel is a very in-demand sideman, performing in many well regarded jazz groups in Boston and beyond. He has been a member of the Grammy nominated jazz/latin/Ethiopian 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. Daniel is also a member of the Composers Collective, co-led by Allan Chase and Bruno Raberg.
Rosenthal released his debut cd as a leader, Lines, in 2011 to much critical success. He produced and co-lead the debut recording by The Rosenthals, Fly Away, which was released in June of 2013, on the American Melody label. He produced and co-led, "Down the Road,' by the Sommers Rosenthal Family Band, released in 2016. Daniel has also appeared on albums by The Either/Orchestra, Mulatu Atstatke, Anthony Braxton, Naomi Sommers, Phil Rosenthal, the David Wax Museum, Bathysphere Big Band (featuring Tony Malaby), Colin Stack, and Paolo Latanzi. New albums to be released in 2017 include "Music in the Room", by the Daniel Rosenthal Quintet, two new albums by the Either/Orchestra, an album by the Ayn Inserto Jazz Orchestra, and a recording by the Hofbauer/Rosenthal Quartet!
Daniel grew up in a musical family in Guilford, CT 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. Aside from music, Daniel received his certification to teach the Alexander Technique from the Alexander Technique Training Center in Newton, MA, under the direction of Ruth Kilroy. (If you're not familiar with the Alexander Technique, please check it out. It is very helpful for performers!)
Daniel teaches at Berklee College of Music as an Assistant Professor in the Ear Training Department. He also teaches trumpet and improvisation at Lexington High School, Milton High School and privately in Newton, Brookline and Roslindale. He teaches Alexander Technique at Lexington Community Education and in his own private studio. He has taught workshops at Denver University and Amherst College.
Recent venues where Daniel 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, Ben Monder, Miguel Zenon, Josh Roseman, Curtis Hasselbring, Matt Wilson, John Carlson, Tony Malaby, Charlie Kohlhase, Yoron Israel, Jason Palmer, Pandelis Karayorgis, Ted Poor, Nate McBride, Mike Rivard, Noah Preminger, Godwin Louis, Taylor Ho Bynum, Bob Moses 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.