Dan Krimm is a fretless electric bass guitarist, composing and performing progressive jazz and other creative forms of music. He grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and studied classical violin through high school, also playing acoustic guitar informally. While in college at Princeton, he was captured by the contemporary developments in jazz as it hybridized elements from rock/funk and new world/ethnic sources, and took up bass guitar in 1975 as a vehicle to participate.
Initial inspirations include Chick Corea's Return to Forever, the entire roster of ECM Records, and other contemporaries such as Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, John McLaughlin and eventually Pat Metheny and John Scofield. At Princeton he played with hammer-style guitarist Stanley Jordan, recorded with Tony Branker, co-led his own group with pianist Gary Monheit, and played with many others, moving to New York City in 1981.
Dan was awarded an NEA Jazz Fellowship Grant in 1984, and recorded two albums of mostly original compositions for his own label, Overtone Records (Sentience, 1986, guest artists: Vic Juris/guitar, Marty Fogel/sax; Subtle Truth, 1991).
In addition to leading his own groups for several years in New York City (variously including Gary Monheit, Grant Jarrett, Jan Leder, Scott Healy, Gary Gibbons, Rolf Sturm, Mike Foster and Tom Nazziola) and performing with a variety of others, he has recorded and performed with folk singer/songwriter Margo Hennebach (see two of her albums here on CD Baby: Margo Hennebach, and Michaelean) and jazz singer Arlette Beauchamps, performed regularly with Chris Joannou and Susan Fiering, and was a founding member of the exploratory music group Monkeyworks (they have two albums here on CD Baby, but I'm not on them -- check them out anyway!). Jazz singer Diane Hubka also used his 1979 lyrics to Herbie Hancock's classic Dolphin Dance on her CD Look No Further, also available here on CD Baby.
Dan moved to Los Angeles in 2000. He has recorded and performed with avant-improv percussionist Rich West (see one of his albums here on CD Baby: Heavenly Breakfast). He has also performed with post-bop jazz guitarist Kim Reith, as well as free-improv jams with people like Bruce Friedman and Natural Music (John Coker and Ed Nunnery).
Dan moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006 and now plays with the modern-jazz quintet Fortune Smiles with Ted Nirgiotis, guitar/bandleader; Leonard Sklar, winds; Gary Monheit, piano; and Matt Willis, drums. (We have a self-titled CD here on CD Baby.)