Drummer        Composer       Bandleader       Producer


 Daniel's two CD releases as a leader, drummer, composer & producer have become staples on Jazz Radio in Canada!  His debut "Culmination" features six original pieces & five arrangements of standards, employing 15 musicians , in a co-production with David Travers Smith. "A varied & interesting program" said Jim Galloway at Wholenote Magazine. 

His second release "Classic Beauties" harkens back to '40's & '50's melodic swinging jazz with a classic feel, but all eight tunes are originals pieces set for acoustic quintet. Both albums feature top Canadian jazz names. All of Daniel's releases can be found on Bandcamp. It's the artist friendly online music seller for streaming, downloading & ordering! 

Daniel's groove, dynamic sense, quality of sound & versatility keep him active as a support drummer with a top echelon of Canadian Artists in both the Jazz & World Music fields. During November he's out performing with Pianist Joe Sealy, Rising Star Crooner Alex Bird, Jazz/Cabaret Chanteuse Adi Braun and  presenting his own music:  The Daniel Barnes Quartet - "Classic Beauties Revisited" in Toronto's finest Jazz Room, The Jazz Bistro.

For details on his live performances see Shows.

Daniel currently leads The Barnes & Woldemichael Ethio-Jazz Quartet with top ranking Ethiopian born saxophonist Girma Woldemichael. Ethiopian-Jazz Classics entertwine with Daniel's original compositions for a truly International Jazz Sound . See my page"Ethiojazz" for more on this story.

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