Daniel G Murphy, piano

Senior Lecturer



Master of Music, Youngstown State University


Dan Murphy is a jazz pianist, composer, and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Studying piano since age 7, Murphy has developed a strong musical identity. He is equally capable as a leader and a sideman with a tremendous amount of experience playing standard and modern repertoire. Whether playing solo, accompanying vocalists, or performing in large and small ensembles, his musicianship is very adaptable.

Locally, Dan performs with many top Chicago artists on piano, and plays organ in the Tony DoRosario Trio, as well as the Vital Organ Trio with drummer Ian Springer and guitarist Daniel Bruce, a group that performs only original compositions.

Dan is the pianist for the Nathan Douds Ensemble, whose groundbreaking self-titled CD was released in 2011. He is featured on albums such as the Bi-Coastal Jazz Collective’s Chapter Three, Bobby Selvaggio’s Visions and Transitions and Modern Times, and singer Helen Welch’s One Dream. He has performed with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, and toured extensively in the United States and Japan with the Glenn Miller Orchestra. Murphy was also a pianist for Princess Cruises. In college, Dan was performed with Disney’s Collegiate All-Star Band in Orlando, Florida (1999) and Anaheim, California (2000). In October 2013, Dan released his exciting debut album on Armored Records entitled Undisclosed Location, including five original compositions.

Murphy holds a master’s degree in Jazz Studies from Youngstown State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Akron. He has taught courses including group piano, applied jazz piano, jazz fundamentals, music appreciation, theory, rock n roll, and jazz history. He has also instructed large and small jazz ensembles. He has taught at Youngstown State University, Ashland University, and Harold Washington College. He is also the Director of Music at St. James Church in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

Courses Taught

Jazz Theory