A native of Northern California, Dan earned a Bachelor of Music from Berklee College of Music, a Master’s from Manhattan School of Music, and also attended the Thelonius Monk Institute at Snowmass, CO. Dan has also studied performance and composition with George Garzone, Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, and Jim McNeely.
As a sideman, Dan has traveled around the world performing with such artists as Christian McBride, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and Fantasia, and can be heard as a regular member of the Christian McBride Big Band, the David Smith Quintet, and the Tammy Scheffer Sextet. Dan has also released three records to date as a leader, including two by the critically-acclaimed Dan Pratt Organ Quartet, whose music “is a part of jazz fans’ collective DNA,” according to All About Jazz. A much anticipated fourth release as a leader is on the way, this time with a piano-bass-drums-backed quartet, featuring Gregory Hutchinson on drums, Christian McBride on bass, Mike Eckroth on piano, and Dan on tenor and alto saxophones. As a composer, Dan has been expanding his compositional palette recently, writing for quintet, sextet, nonet, big band, as well as an adventurous new suite of music for saxophone with harp and string quartet.
Dan is also passionate about teaching, having given numerous clinics and workshops throughout the country, to students from middle school through college, served as an artist-in-residence at the Lafayette Summer Music Workshop, the Maine Jazz Camp, and the Center for Preparatory Studies in Music at Queens College in New York, and is currently a teaching artist for Lincoln Center Education, the Center for Arts Education, and is on staff at the Rudolf Steiner School in New York City.