Dan Blunck's Jazz Nouveau
Contemporary Jazz Grooves
     Dan Blunck's Jazz Nouveau is a groove-oriented contemporary jazz group based in Olympia, Washington presenting original compositions and fresh arrangements of jazz and popular classics. Saxophonist Dan Blunck has teamed with keyboardist David Joyner, bassist Stephen Luceno, and drummer Steve Bentley to create a sound that stimulates the mind, body, and soul of the listener. A wide variety of modern grooves and textures are explored, blending elements of jazz, funk, afro-latin, and popular styles for an expressive and soulful blend.
     Saxophonist Dan Blunck has played with jazz greats Dizzy Gillespie, Mel Torme, Ray Brown, Doc Severinsen, Pete Christlieb and many others. In addition to his jazz credentials, he spent nine years in the US Navy Band, performed with the Virginia Symphony Pops Orchestra, and backed up legendary entertainers such as The Temptations and Earth Wind and Fire bassist Verdine White. He has recorded two albums as a leader and nine as a sideman and has performed at major festivals throughout the world including the Montreaux, North Sea, Mt. hood, and Earshot jazz festivals.
     Keyboardist David Joyner is the Director of Jazz Studies at the Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington. He has shared the stage with Bob Hope, Henry Mancini, Isaac Hayes, Booby Shew, Mark Johnson, Ed Thigpen and countless others.
     Bassist Stephen Luceno is one of the most in-demand sidemen in the Northwest and has worked with artists such as Mose Allison, Slim Galliard, Joe Baque, Bert Wilson, Kelley Johnson, and John Stowell.
     Drummer Steve Bentley has laid down the groove for a wide variety of artists including Michael Powers, Scott Cossu, Bert Wilson, Greta Metassa, John Stowell, and Woody Woodhouse.
     Formed in 2002, Dan Blunck's Jazz Nouveau's primary focus is to bring fresh, groove oriented, contemporary jazz to music lovers of all ages. Interpretations of recognizable jazz and popular songs are presented along with original compositions to create a strong connection with the listener. Live music is most rewarding when performer and audience become unified through a mutually beneficial exchange of positive energy. The music is offered to the listener with sincerity and affection, leaving the audience with a unique and satisfying musical experience.