November 27, 2004

BanjerDan, aka Dan Mazer, Has A CD Too

BanjerDan: Old StuffAfter I posted the big list of artists I've seen lately who sell their recordings on CDBaby.com, I discovered I know yet another musician who has a CD available there. He goes by the name BanjerDan, but his real name is Dan Mazer. The CDBaby description of "Old Stuff" by BanjerDan is: "Bluegrass and folk originals and covers, a couple of jazz tunes, and a classical transcription." I met Dan back in the late '90s when he frequently dropped by the old Jolly Roger in Seaport Village to play some songs with Oh! Ridge (Jeff Lee and Jerry Gontang). In 2000 he moved back to his hometown, Washington, D.C.

Here's Dan on BanjerDan from his web site:

Using the stage name "BanjerDan," I'm a solo acoustic performer based in Washington, D.C., playing styles "from bluegrass and beyond" on banjo, guitar, mandolin and dobro. I give banjo workshops, and enjoy performing anywhere from clubs, coffeehouses and house concerts to major festival events.

In the 27 years since I first started playing the banjo, I've performed in almost every imaginable situation, from busking to bar gigs; in pit orchestras -- including bandleader positions -- for theatrical productions, and playing banjo and guitar in "Country Music, USA" at Opryland in Nashville. I even played banjo with the Owensboro (Kentucky) Symphony Orchestra, in a program of music by Kurt Weill.

From November 1995 until November 2000, I lived in San Diego, California, where I was member of The Jackstraws, which is a curious cross between a folk music band and a theatrical comedy troupe.

I relocated to my old hometown of Washington, D.C., in November 2000 to be near my family and to focus on my solo career. My first CD, "Old Stuff," was released in February 2001.

Posted at 6:18 PM in Music