Daniel Pitt is a guitarist, composer and arranger currently based in Toronto, Canada. He is currently enrolled in the Music Performance program at the University of Toronto.
Through an array of different music genres, Dan has studied music and the guitar for over 10 years. He has been active in both his hometown of Hamilton and his current home of Toronto playing music of all varieties while mainly focusing on jazz studies. Dan has had the opportunity to study with great musicians such as Bob Shields, David Restivo, Geoff Young, Tony Malaby and Brad Shepik. He has also worked with other musicians such as Pat Collins, David Braid, Terry Promane, Michael Attias and Michael Formanek. He has also recorded with groups such as the Hamilton All Star Jazz Band and the University of Toronto 12tet.
Dan’s teaching experience includes private guitar and piano lessons, as well as both solo and ensemble instruction for brass, woodwind and percussion instruments.
Get to know Daniel…Beyond the Bio!
Musical influences: Bill Frisell, Ed Bickert, Ben Monder, Tosin Abasi, Jakob Bro, Paul Motian, Joe Henderson, Herbie Hancock, John Coltrane, Lee Konitz, Lennie Tristano, Charlie Christian, Pink Floyd, The Police
Favourite food: Ramen
Least favourite food: Chili
Favourite music: Modern Jazz, Folk and Creative/Improvised Music
Favourite song: “Blue Mountains” by Sam Amidon
Favourite movie: Star Wars
Favouirite movie music: Star Wars
Favourite musical theatre/opera: West Side Story
Best quote from your teacher: “There are more important things in life than music” – Geoff Young
Favourite quote: “Do or Do Not. There is no try.” – Jedi Master Yoda
Favourite book: “Pure Rhythm” – Adam Rudolph
Best thing about teaching at ABC: Sharing music and making music with inspired students!