Dan Siegel (musician)

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Dan Siegel (born in Seattle, Washington) is a pianist, composer and record producer. His earlier music has been described as new age, while his more recent work has been called contemporary jazz.[1]

Siegel was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Eugene, Oregon. He began piano lessons at the age of eight, and started performing professionally as lead singer and guitar player in a rock band at the age of 12.[2]

After receiving a degree in Music Composition from the University of Oregon in 1976, he began recording his own compositions with his band. He also holds a degree in Jazz Studies, and studied piano in Boston with Madame Challoff. In 1979, he was signed to Inner City Records, a New York based independent jazz label.

Siegel's first recording was released in 1980. His second album, The Hot Shot (1981), reached No.1 on the Radio & Records Jazz Chart and remained for 10 weeks in the top 10 of Billboard's Jazz Chart.[2] In 1983 he moved to Los Angeles to pursue film and television work and a more active recording career. He has traveled and performed around the world. His song "Gone But Not Forgotten" is well known as the bed for Verizon's conference call hold music.


  • Sphere (2009) DSM
  • Fables (2008) Native Language
  • Departure (2006), Native Language
  • Inside Out (2004), Native Language
  • Along The Way: The Best Of Dan Siegel (2000), Sony Legacy
  • Clairvoance (1998), Countdown
  • Hemispheres (1995), Sunset Boulevard
  • The Getaway (1992), Sin-Drome Records
  • Going Home (1991), Epic Associated Records
  • Late One Night (1989), CBS Associated Records
  • Northern Nights (1987), CBS Associated Records
  • Short Stories (1986), Epic Records
  • On The Edge (1985), Epic Records
  • Another Time, Another Place (1984), Epic Records, named by Keyboard Magazine as the best keyboard oriented fusion LP of the year
  • Reflections (1983), Epic Records
  • Dan Siegel (1982), Elektra Records
  • Oasis (1981), Inner City
  • The Hot Shot (1981), Inner City
  • Nite Ride (1980), Inner City

Television and film work[edit]

Siegel's work as a television and film composer includes the score for the film Reform School Girls (1986), and Universal Studios TV series, Hard Copy (1987). He has also worked as musical director and conductor on the late night CBS TV show, Overtime... with Pat O'Brien (1990). He has played on numerous TV and film projects as a session player, including the Oscar winning film, The Usual Suspects. His music was also featured on the Weather Channel's Local Forecast segments from 1986 to 1991.


  1. ^ Rydzynski, Michael (2006-09-28). "Dan Siegel performing his 'straight-ahead' music". Irvine World News: Orange County Register weekly (CA). Retrieved 2007-09-15. 
  2. ^ a b "Dan Siegel Music: Biography". Retrieved 2006-09-17. 

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