Drummer        Composer       Bandleader       Producer


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

Currently he 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 a support drummer for other artists, Daniel's dynamic sense, quality of sound, groove & versatility keep him active in Jazz & Global music fields. He spent this past summer touring England & Europe with Ethiopian keyboard legend Mr. Hailu Mergia!

In December Daniel backs New York based modern jazz arranger & saxophonist Russ Nolan for his show at The Rex Hotel in Toronto. As well, Daniel heads out with Ethiopian keyboard legend Hailu Mergia for some concerts overseas. See more details by visiting my page SHOWS.

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Hear Daniel’s albums HERE at Bandcamp.

You’ll find Daniel Barnes Music on YouTube & Instagram

Daniel endorses Gretsch Drums, Murat Diril Cymbals & Headhunter Sticks.

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.

It’s good to have your interest, thank you & please Enjoy your music