Saxophonist Dan Bennett
hear is jazz.
I came to Dan because he is the boyfriend of a close friend. But there is a tremendous underground jazz scene in Ann Arbor right now that reminds me of the early- to mid-eighties, when we had so much local rock 'n' roll talent (thinking the Watusies, especially). There is something really special brewing in our community, and I feel privileged to witness it.
Dan might be a genius. Like I said, I'm a novice, but by reputation, and by my own ear, he's the real deal. Though I don't really know or understand jazz, I feel the music when he plays. I can close my eyes and be in a different place and time, or just more realized in this place and time. His playing resonates in my bones and soul. Dan is also a great bandleader, and his lineups always include the best of the best. He loves what he does and is as much a fan as a player. He is dancing as he is playing, and he is crying and laughing, too, all at the same time. It echoes among the entire listening audience.