Drummer        Composer       Bandleader       Producer


Daniel has released two full length albums that feature him as a drummer, composer, bandleader and producer. Both have become staples on jazz radio in Canada. Read more about them below.

Currently Daniel leads BARNES & WOLDEMICHAEL ETHIO-JAZZ with top ranking Ethiopian born saxophonist Mr. Girma Woldemichael. Daniel's Original Compositions entwine with Ethiopian-Jazz Classics for a truly International Jazz Sound . See EthioJazz" for more this project.

As support drummer for other artists, Daniel's dynamic sense, quality of sound, groove & versatility keep him active in  Jazz & Global music fields. He currently tours internationally with Ethiopian keyboard legend Mr. Hailu Mergia! Hailu’s trio most recently performed in Thailand, December 2022. 

April finds Daniel leading two engagements; "Classic Beauties Revisited - The Daniel Barnes Quartet - drawing on the original material from his albums "Classic Beauties" and "Culmination" this show will be a live stream through the New York office of The American Federation of Musicians. 

Later in the month Daniel plays trio with local hero Perry White on sax and "happening new guy" Jonathan Chapman on bass. For all shows this month go here

Subscribe to Daniel's Newsletter at the bottom of any page of this website for more story to the glory. Hear & Purchase Daniel’s albums through my website hereDaniel endorses Gretsch Drums, Murat Diril Cymbals & Headhunter Sticks.

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About Daniel’s albums; A co-production with David Travers-Smith, his debut release “Culmination” (2003) broke him at national jazz radio. It features six original pieces and his arrangement of five jazz standards. Fifteen musicians, some of Canada’s finest, were harnessed to create “a varied & interesting program” - Jim Galloway for Wholenote Magazine.

Daniel’s follow up "Classic Beauties” (2007) is melodic swinging jazz, classic in feel. All original compositions set for acoustic quintet.  "Barnes compositions specializse in relentlesly thrusting music of broad appeal and warmth that give bandsmen broad latitude to wail .... “ said Geoff Chapman at The Toronto Star. Both albums feature top Canadian jazz names.

Contact Daniel by email: db@danielbarnesmusic.com

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