Two Of A Kind
A native of Portland, pianist Dan Gaynor has performed with many artists including Nancy King, Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Israels, Glen Moore, Gino Vannelli, Martin Zarzar, Bob Mover, Bobby Torres, Emily Braden, Dan Faehnle, Marguerite Jeunemann, David Friesen, Kelly Joe Phelps, Alan Jones, Lawrence Williams, Rob Scheps, Robert Moore, John Stowell, Ingrid Jensen, Ron Steen, Mel Brown, “Sweet Baby” James Benton, Chris Conrade, Dick Berk, Marianne Solivan, Shirley Nanette and many others. He studied jazz and music theory at Mt. Hood Community College and Portland State University with teachers including Randy Porter, Dave Barduhn, Darrell Grant, Glen Moore and Tomas Svoboda. Dan is also a versatile vocal accompanist, with a wide repertoire and experience in many musical styles. He is recorded on on Good Morning Geek by the Portland Jazz Orchestra, En Route by Ed Bennett and on both Libre and Two Dollars to Ride the Train by Martin Zarzar.
Gordon Lee is a composer, jazz pianist, arranger, conductor and music educator who is well known throughout the Pacific Northwest for his work in all these fields. Although he is best known for his jazz performances and compositions, Lee is active with many styles of music. He has composed a symphony; a string quartet; a symphonic band piece; a woodwind quintet; choral music; duo sonatas for violin & piano; viola & piano; cello & piano and clarinet & piano, as well as numerous small group jazz pieces, big band jazz arrangements and arrangements for many vocalists. Lee believe that jazz has given him a music language to express himself in traditional forms from European idioms of music. As an educator he has taught at Portland State University, Portland Community College, Clackamas Community College and currently at Western Oregon University (WOU). Lee continues his intent of presenting the highest quality original music while educating the public about the many potentials that music can be.
Dan Gaynor, acoustic piano
Gordon Lee, acoustic piano