DATE: Saturday, July 30th
EVENT: Jazz in the Park
STAGE: Acoustic Stage
ADDRESS: Simcoe Park in NOTL
TIME: 5:30PM – 7PM
TICKET PRICE: FREE
Dan Kozar: Fingerstyle Guitarist
Dan Kozar fingerstyle guitarist who performs his repertoire from American songbook, Django Reinhardt, as well as popular songs that plays basslines, melodies and harmonies simultaneous.
Kozar, a lifelong Niagara, Ontario resident began his pursuit to become a professional guitarist at age 12. In his formative years, Kozar gained his education on the bandstand, Eastman School of Music Summer Jazz Studies, and the Banff School of Fine Arts where he was mentored by Canadian Jazz Guitar Legend Ed Bickert.
Over the last three decades Dan has performed with various 18 piece big bands, quartets, trios, duos and as a soloist. He is available performing standards with a trio, duo, as well as performing fingerstyle guitar. Currently Dan is studying with Martin Taylor, a world renowned fingerstyle Jazz Guitarist, to improve his already vast experience in solo Jazz guitar playing.
Dan Kozar has recorded two CD’s. His first fingerstyle release was in 2003 on RBA records called: “I Remember You”. I Remember You got Air Play NPR radio. His second solo CD: Gafia was release in 2013.
Dan has been performing regularly at Ajax Downs, Mohawk Slots, Flamboro Downs and many venues in the Niagara Region and in Southern Ontario.
Dan Kozar will be performing some originals from Gafia CD as well as songs written by Miles Davis, Leon Russell, Django Reinhardt and jazz standards.
“Dan Kozar is an excellent solo guitarist whose technique is conventional; much closer to Joe Pass and Charlie Byrd.”
Scott Yanow – Cadence Magazine
“Kozar shows off a nice array of skills on the solo guitar, particularly his finger-style specialty.”
Adam Greenberg – AMG