Dan Haerle

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Dan Haerle
Birth nameJohn M. Haerle Jr.
Also known asDan Haerle
Born (1937-07-23) 23 July 1937 (age 84)
Quincy, Illinois
Genresjazz, jazz/rock fusion, latin, classical, avant garde
Occupation(s)pianist, composer, author, teacher
Instrumentspiano, synthesizers
Years active1953–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Dan Haerle (born July 23, 1937) is a jazz pianist, composer, author and teacher, based in Denton, Texas. He is professor emeritus of Jazz Studies at the University of North Texas.[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Dan Haerle attended Quincy High School. In 1953 he moved with his family to New York where he attended Flushing High School and graduated from Hicksville High School in 1955. In 1957 he moved to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where he attended Coe College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1961.[1] Haerle earned a Master of Music in Composition from North Texas State University in 1966.[3]


Haerle began teaching in 1961 at Tri-County Community Schools in What Cheer, Iowa, where he was the Instrumental music director for elementary, junior high and high school.[1]

In 1963 to 1966, as a graduate student at North Texas State University, Dan was one of three teaching assistants to Leon Breeden, director of the jazz studies program.

In 1966, he became an Assistant Professor of Music at Kansas State University, where he taught freshman and sophomore theory.[4]

In 1968, Haerle moved to Monterey Peninsula College, where he was an Instructor of Music, teaching class piano, music theory, jazz history, jazz improvisation, and directing jazz ensembles[4]

In 1971, he taught at the University of Miami in Coral Gables Florida as an Assistant Professor of Music, teaching classical theory, jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz arranging and also directed jazz ensembles[4]

In 1973, Haerle returned to New York City to be a freelance professional.

In 1975, Haerle became an Associate Professor of Music and co-director of the Jazz Studies degree program. at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He taught jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz history, jazz styles and directed jazz ensembles[4]

In 1977, he moved to the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas as a Professor of Music. He was appointed Regents Professor in 1992.[1] While there he organized the Dan Haerle Quartet, including recent graduates of the University music program.[5]

Haerle wrote a number of instructional books about jazz performance, as well as a series of jazz/rock charts.[6]

In 2002 Haerle retired from full-time teaching,[1] but continued to teach private jazz piano lessons and the online jazz theory course [3]

In 2007- he was named UNT Professor Emeritus and became a member of the adjunct teaching faculty.[3]

As of 2015, Haerle continues to perform with his trio and quartet and offers online instruction to students around the world.


  • 1992 Regents Professor appointment [4]
  • 2003 Hall of Fame – International Association of Jazz Education[1]
  • 2012 LeJENd of Jazz Education – Jazz Education Network[7]


  • Jazz-Rock Voicings for the Contemporary Keyboard Player - Alfred Music[8]
  • Scales for Jazz Improvisation - Alfred Music
  • Jazz Improvisation for Keyboard Players - Alfred Music
  • Jazz Tunes for Improvisation (with Matteson & Petersen) - Warner Bros
  • The Jazz Language – Alfred Music
  • The Jazz Sound - Hal Leonard[9]
  • Jazz Piano Voicing Skills - JA Music
  • Jazz Improvisation, A Pocket Guide - JA Music[7][10]
  • Magic Motives - JA Music
  • The Essential Jazz Harmony Book - JA Music
  • Six compositions for jazz ensemble– Sierra Music Publications, Inc.
  • Twelve compositions for jazz combo– C. L. Barnhouse Company


  • "Witch Hunt (1974) - Jamey Aebersold, saxophone; Dan Haerle, piano; Rufus Reid, bass; Charlie Craig, drums
  • "1965...Then to Now (1994) - Pete Magadini, drums and leader; Dan Haerle electric piano; Jim Zoechler, saxophone; Dave Young, bass. Selection: My Funny Valentine, 1976
  • Seagulls (1978) - Dan Haerle, piano; Pete Brewer, saxophones; Bob Bowman, bass; Steve Houghton, drums
  • Tuba Jazz Superhorns (1978) - Rich Matteson, Ashley Alexander, Buddy Baker, euphoniums; Harvey Phillips, Dan Perantoni, Winston Morris, tubas; Jack Petersen, guitar; Dan Haerle, piano; Rufus Reid, bass; Ed Soph, drums. Selections: Spoofy, Lucky Southern
  • Kaleidoscope (1986) - Dan Haerle, keyboards; Pete Brewer, saxophones, flute & Lyricon; Rick Peckham, guitars; Gerald Stockton, basses; Harrell Bosarge and George Honea, drums
  • Lunar Octave (1995) - Janice Borla, voice and leader; Fareed Haque, guitars; Art Davis, trumpet; Brad Stirtz, vibes; Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums
  • ...and into the light (1996) - Greg Waits, trombone and leader; David Liebman, saxophone; Larry Spencer, trumpet; Tim Miller, guitar; Dan Haerle, piano; John Adams, bass; Ed Soph, drums
  • Second Wind (1997) - Pete Brewer, sax, flute and leader; Dan Haerle, piano, Fred Hamilton, bass; Ed Soph, drums
  • The Truth of the Matter (1999) - Dan Haerle, keyboards; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums
  • Kenny Wheeler at North Texas (2000) - Kenny Wheeler, trumpet and flugelhorn; Dan Haerle, piano, Fred Hamilton, guitar; Lynn Seaton, bass; Ed Soph, drums. (Available from North Texas Jazz, PO Box 304050, Denton, TX 76203)
  • Gentle Giants (2002) - Dan Ramsey, trumpet; John Alexander, saxophone; Dan Haerle, piano; Steve Bailey, bass; Gregg Bissonette, drums
  • Agents of Change (2003) - Janice Borla, voice and leader; Rich Fudoli, saxophones; Fareed Haque, guitars; Art Davis, trumpet; Brad Stirtz, vibes; Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums
  • Standard Procedure (2004) - Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums[11]
  • Everybody's Songs But My Own (2005) - Dan Ramsey, trumpet; John Alexander, saxophone; Dan Haerle, piano; Steve Bailey, bass; Gregg Bissonette, drums
  • From Every Angle (2006) - Janice Borla, voice and leader; Art Davis, trumpet; John McLean, guitar; Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums
  • Aspiration (2011) - Dan Haerle, piano; Bob Bowman, bass; Jack Mouse, drums
  • Live at Luminous Sound (2012) – Dan Haerle, piano; Brad Leali, saxophone; James Driscoll, bass; Ed Soph, drums
  • Twenty one Jamey Aebersold Playalong Recordings: Vol. 2 - Nothin' But Blues, Vol. 3 - The II/V7/I Progression, Vol. 4 - Movin' On, Vol. 5 - Time To Play Music, Vol. 7 - Miles Davis, Vol. 8 - Sonny Rollins, Vol. 10 - David Baker, Vol. 22 - 13 Favorite Standards, Vol. 30 - Rhythm Section Workout, Vol. 37 - Sammy Nestico, Vol. 41 - Body and Soul, Vol. 43 - Groovin' High, Vol. 45 - Bill Evans, Vol. 48 - In A Mellow Tone, Vol. 60 - Freddie Hubbard, Vol. 61 – Burnin, Vol. 63 - Tom Harrell, Vol. 67 - Tune Up, Vol. 71 - East of the Sun, Vol. 79 – Avalon, Vol. 109 - Fusion (Collection of Dan Haerle original tunes)


  1. ^ a b c d e f UNT Counterpoint, Spring 2002
  2. ^ Gene I. Maeroff (8 February 2003). A Classroom of One: How Online Learning Is Changing Our Schools and Colleges. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 196–. ISBN 978-1-4039-6085-6.
  3. ^ a b c Jazz Education Journal, January/February 2003
  4. ^ a b c d e North Texas Jazz: Fifty Years CD Boxed Set 1998
  5. ^ Emmis Communications (July 1979). Texas Monthly. Emmis Communications. pp. 162–. ISSN 0148-7736.
  6. ^ The School Musician Director and Teacher. Ammark Publishing Company. 1978. p. 26.
  7. ^ a b Jazzed, January 2012
  8. ^ Jerry Coker (1984). Jazz Keyboard for Pianists and Non-Pianists: Class or Individual Study. Alfred Music. pp. 5–. ISBN 978-1-4574-9393-5.
  9. ^ Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy. School of Music, The University of Oklahoma. 1993. p. 208.
  10. ^ Michele Weir (2005). Jazz singer's handbook: the artistry and mastery of singing jazz. Alfred Music Publishing. pp. 72–. ISBN 978-0-7390-3387-6.
  11. ^ Downbeat, September 2005

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