James Brown was most famously called by two titles: "The Godfather of Soul" and "The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business." "The Godfather" title is locked up for good, but guitarist Daniel Ross hopes that someday he might inherit the second - and though he's yet to collapse onstage, his track record and his gig schedule show that he just might earn that name.
With six years of composing, five years of teaching, four years of professional performance, and four years studying music theory already under his belt, the Buffalo native has learned, among other things, how to manage his time. This is no surprise, though, as Ross is always learning from the best. Student of platinum recording artist Kenny Hawkins and Incredibly talented bebop guitarist Matt Michaud, and son of two professional musicians (both of whom perform with the Buffalo Philharmonic), Daniel Ross has been living, breathing, and marinating in music his entire life. And this life has been full: the young guitarist has performed in France, Germany, Belgium, Holland, and Portugal, and shared the stage with giants at festivals, clubs, theatres, weddings, and corporate events.
His musical interests are as diverse as his collaborators are numerous. He has played with Grammy-nominated drummer Carmen Intorre in a jazz-funk trio, and currently plays with R&B-Soul-Pop singer-songwriter Michael King in an R&B quintet, country band Ashland Belle, two gospel churches, and the George Scott Big Band, which appears weekly at Buffalo NY’s historic Colored Musicians Club. Ross also has a Jazz-Funk-Fusion Quintet that has been turning heads around the buffalo scene. He frequently plays with many of Buffalo’s busiest musicians, including internationally-touring bassist Rishon Odel Northington, drummer Daniel Powell, tenor sax player Anthony Dyal, and Steve Miller Band keyboardist Joseph Wooten.
Ross has recorded on studio albums in several different genres, including R&B, jazz, funk, and pop. He is currently working on an album of original material with help from Kenny Hawkins and Jerry Livingston, who produced and recorded for and with Rick James, Mary J. Blige, and other countless other artists.
Daniel Ross feels at home on the stage and in the studio, playing everything from free jazz to reggae. To book an event or to contact Ross about teaching, composing, collaborating, or studio recording. email @ Dantheguitarman88@yahoo.com