Professor, Sch of Music

Degrees: D.M.E., University of Northern Colorado; M.M., University of Rhode Island; B.M., Hartt School of Music

Office: Music, Watchorn Hall #206

Phone: 909/748-8691 Campus Ext. 8691



Professional Background

Dan Murphy has performed extensively on the east coast and throughout southern California including local appearances at the Redlands Bowl, Blue Jay Jazz Festival, The Performance Loft, the Jazz at Redlands concert series, and at many southern California jazz clubs. Performances include concerts with jazz/ swing musicians Don Stratton, Herb Pomeroy, Jim Walker, Milt Hinton, Herb Jeffries, Frankie Lane, Beryl Davis, and Julius La Rosa. Professor of Music at the University of Redlands since 1993, Murphy's university bands have performed with many well known jazz artists including Dave Brubeck, Bill Watrous, John Clayton, Bobby Shew, Jimmy Smith, Gerald Wilson, Bob Mintzer, Jim Walker, John Clayton, Anthony Wilson, Bobby Rodriguez, Denny Zeirlin, and Peter Erskine. While focused primarily on jazz styles, Dan Murphy is also active in regional musical theater orchestras and has performed live shows and recorded PBS television specials as keyboardist/ accompanist in the back up abnds for The Fifth Dimension, B.J. Thomas, Lulu, Lenny Welch, The Four Aces, The Ink Spots, Patti Page, and Joan Rivers, to name a few.

Courses Offered at Redlands

  • Jazz Improvisation I and II

  • Jazz Improvisation Ensembles (Jazz Combos)

  • Applied Jazz Piano and Jazz Improvisation

  • Introduction to Jazz History

  • Jazz History to the 1940s

  • Jazz History 1940s to Present

  • Improvisation in Aural Skills Courses

Degrees Held

  • B.M., Hartt School of Music University of Harford

  • M.M., University of Rhode Island

  • D.M.E., University of Northern Colorado (Jazz Pedagogy Concentration)

Major Awards

  • Armacost Award for University and Community Service, U of R Alumni Association, 2009

  • National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters on Tour Grant, Master Class and Concert by NEA Jazz Master Jim Hall, Guitar, Jazz at Redlands, University of Redlands, October 2, 2005

  • Faculty Research Grants, Pro Tools Operator Certification Courses: PT 101 Introduction to Pro Tools and PT 201 Pro Tools Production Essentials, PT 210M Music Production Techniques (Courses in Avid Digidesign digital audio recording applications) 2003, 2004, 2005

  • Armacost Award for University and Community Service, U of R Alumni Association, 2004

  • Nominated for "Professor of the Year" by the Associated Students of the University of Redlands (Student Government) for Teaching, Scholarship and Service, January 2004