Daniel Foose is a bassist, composer and producer, who lives in New York City. With his nimble ear, strong groove, and inventive improvisations and compositions, Daniel is at home in many musical settings. He has performed and recorded alongside some of the most notable musicians in the world including Tony Bennett, Lady Gaga, Kenny Werner, John McNeil, John Riley, Oscar Castro-Neves, Matt Wilson, Dave Binney, Nir Felder, Shawn Pelton, Wycliffe Gordon, Brad Shepik, Dave Eggar, Diane Moser, Cynthia Scott, Gilad Heckselman, and Billy Drewes, among many others. In addition to leading his own group, Of Water and Ghosts, and co-leading The Gold Magnolias, he is currently working as a member of many bands of various styles including The Brian Newman Quintet, The Brooklyn Jazz Orchestra, The Tammy Scheffer Sextet, Kelsey Jillette’s Americas Project, Professor Cunningham and his Old School, The Manhattan Dolls, The Nightingale Jazz Band, Fluer Seule, Svetlana and the Delancy Five, and the Nobuki Takamen Trio. He has toured Europe, Asia, and throughout North America and been twice awarded third place at the International Society of Bassists' jazz competition in 2013 and 2005. Daniel has performed at many of the worlds most notable venues including, Lincoln Center, The Blue Note, The Iridium, 55 Bar, Smalls, The Lenox Lounge, and the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Born in 1982 in New Orleans, LA and raised in Austin, TX, Daniel’s childhood was awash with music. With a father who both played guitar and piano and was a scholar of New Orleans music [check out the new edition of his book Up From the Cradle of Jazz], Daniel’s burgeoning musical abilities were always generously supported. His father would often let Daniel come and hang out at the recording studio where he produced some of Austin’s most notable Blues artists.
At age 12 Daniel began studying classical trombone and electric bass. With the encouragement of his middle school band director, Mark Gurgel, Daniel began playing in jazz band where he learned the fundamentals of improvisation, groove and jazz theory. In high school Daniel started studying the acoustic bass with Art Langston. Soon Daniel was accompanying many of Austin’s jazz musicians and exploring new musical territories with his peers.
Deciding to pursue music as a career, Daniel began studying at the world-renowned University of North Texas in 2001. There, Daniel studied bass under the great Lynn Seaton who is a continual source of inspiration and support. At the University of North Texas Daniel was honored to accompany many of the legendary guest artists that came through town including, Jimmy Cobb, Terri Lyne Carrington, Adam Rogers, Benny Golson, Johnny Vidacovich, Lou Marini, Pete Christlieb, Makoto Ozone, Jeff "Tain" Watts, Snooky Young, and Michael Weiss. In 2006 Daniel finished his studies at North Texas having earned both a B.M. and an M.M. in the field of Jazz Studies. Daniel Foose subsequently relocated to New York City in 2008.