“Daniels and Pittman complement each other nicely, the pianist’s spare and fleet right hand dominant playing pairing nicely with the trumpeter’s full round tone…both are composers of clean, often catchy and melodic music.”
Tony Mottola, Jersey Jazz Magazine
MEET THE ARTISTS
Loren studied music at Hofstra University and Berklee College of Music before graduating from SUNY at Old Westbury with a B.S. in Music in the African American Tradition and Elementary Education. He received an M.A. in Music Education from New York University. Loren taught choral music and music technology in the Teaneck, NJ public schools for over 30 years. He is also artist in residence and music coordinator for Jazz In The Spirit (a jazz worship series) at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Teaneck, NJ. Loren is an active composer and performer and is currently working with the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet, the Bradford Hayes Quartet, One More Once Big Band, the August Riska Trio and vocalists Macy Chen, Cynthia Soriano and Deborah Thurlow.
As a composer/lyricist, Loren has written music for a variety of settings. Many of his original pieces are performed by the Loren Daniels Trio and the Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet. He has composed several highly successful musicals for elementary school students. Loren collaborated with choreographers Joanne Koob and Susan Cherniak and composed new music for a series of modern dance performances that were reviewed in the New York Times. Loren composed and arranged music for two original theatrical productions, “The Man Was King” by Lottie Porch and “A Watch on King” by Veona Thomas. A suite of his choral pieces based on phrases from the Declaration of Independence recently had its premiere performance and the Teaneck Community Chorus has commissioned and performed several of his choral pieces including, “A Place At The Table” and “I Like Jazz”. Loren has also composed, performed and recorded original soundtrack music which has been used on the Today Show and other NBC programs.
A prolific composer and sought-after performer, Loren is a tour de force in the Greater New York area music scene and beyond.
Loren Daniels has performed with many notable musicians including:
He has performed with such notable musicians as Calvin Hill, Craig Harris, Milt Jackson, Rufus Reid, Makonda (Ken) McIntyre, Dan Willis, Warren Smith, Richard Harper, Fred Hendrix, Jim DeAngelis, David Demsey, Jimmy Owens, Andrei Strobert, Billy White, Jeff Sheloff, Alonzo Gardner, Reggie Pittman, Tim Horner, Eliot Zigmund, Lauren Hooker, Bradford Hayes, Mark Ivan Gross, David Robinson, Greg Searvance, Bruce Jackson, Bill Moring, Mike Richmond, Takashi Otsuka, Jackie Jones, Warren Batiste, Martin Wind, Joris Teepe, Steve Johns, Kahlil Kwame Bell, Pete Mc Guinness, Jon Faddis, Paul Bollenback, Walt Weiskopf, Doug Weiss, Jonathon Peretz, Andrea Valentini, Chuck McPherson, Jane Stuart, Macy Chen, Michael Mullan, Wincey Terry-Bryant, Audrey Martells, Deborah Thurlow, Lois Bruno, Brian Princing, Belden Bullock, Dan Willis, Brian Glassman, Erik Lawrence, Lois Bruno, Marcus McLaurine, Joe Sharone, Dave Hessel, Dave Brown and Johnny Maestro.
Loren has composed, performed and recorded original soundtrack music which has been used on the Today Show and other NBC programs.
Loren’s discography includes:
“Like Fun” – Loren Daniels Trio
“Point A to Point A” – Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet
“August in Winter” – August Riska Trio (piano/arrangements)
“Collage” – Deborah Thurlow (keyboards/musical director)
“Spry And Fly” – Macy Chen (keyboards//Musical Director)
Soon to be released:
“Smilessence” – Reggie Pittman/Loren Daniels Quartet
“Double Down” – Bradford Hayes/Loren Daniels
Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, Reggie began in music at a young age, developing his musical talent on both trumpet and piano. As his love of music and performance grew, Reggie followed his passion to further his knowledge in music and he went on to earn his Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education at Kent State University, and his Masters in Music Technology in New York. On the performance side, Reggie began playing professionally around the Cleveland area starting in high school and throughout college. In addition to what he learned at school, Reggie credits much of his musical know-how as a top performer to what he learned from other professional musicians at these early gigs.
Now a professional musician with over 30 years experience in the music business, Reggie has been living, performing and recording in the New York Area for over 20 years. In addition to performing and recording with several well-known artists and bands, such as Babyface, Lionel Hampton, and Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Reggie has spent years as a band leader with his own bands and projects — including The Reggie Pittman/ Loren Daniels Quartet — that span musical genres from jazz and R&B, to funk, blues and gospel.
Reggie is a talented composer and arranger; his original music appears on Point A to Point A, and on his upcoming Pittman / Daniels Quartet release Smilessence. He has composed and recorded with an number of other artists, including a tune on the latest release by Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, entitled Points of Friendship. Also an accomplished Producer, of note is his recording Poet I Am, a collaboration with poet / lyricist /performer Lottie Porch in which Reggie composed the music and produced the CD. With many more musical ideas and projects in the works, Reggie continues to be an influential figure in the Greater New York music scene.
Reggie Pittman has performed with many famous names including:
Sarah Vaughan, Lester Bowie, Branford Marsalis, Natalie Cole, Curtis Fuller, Eddie Palmieri, Hank Jones, Aretha Franklin, Diahanne Carroll, The Allman Brothers, Louis Bellson, Mitzi Gaynor, Joe Williams, Gladys Knight, The O’Jays, The Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Lionel Hampton’s Big Band, The Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Circus, The Pointer Sisters, Queen Latifa, The Temptations, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Bobby Harden, and more.
Television and Movies:
Money Train, Malcolm X, “Loving” Soap Opera, The Tony Awards, The Apollo Night of Stars, One Hundred Years of Jazz ( Documentary), PSA for the Cleveland Pubic Schools
Babyface, New Jersey Lottery Commercial, Five Guys Named Moe, Lionel Hampton, Oscar Figueroa, The Wheaton Family (Gospel), Lester Bowie and the Ohio Public Schools
Broadway, New York – Five Guys named Moe, Guys and Dolls, Jelly’s Last Jam, Full Monty, 42nd Street
National Companies – Singing in the Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Patent Leather Shoes