Saxophonist-composer Dan Pratt has been favored as “a powerful player” by Jazz Times, with the PA Daily News adding, “Pratt is an impressive tenor sax man. Seriously, he's got energy to blow buildings down with his horn and a style that's so elastic he can wrap it all back up together again when he's done.” As a composer, Dan has been called “gifted,” (Birmingham Times) and “a true home run power hitter” (All Music Guide) whose “writing for a band is its principal asset.” (Master of a Small House)
Following two critically-acclaimed organ group outings, Dan heads in a new direction on Hymn for the Happy Man, his fourth recording as a leader and debut for his own Same Island Music imprint. The California native and longtime Brooklyn resident hadn't recorded a piano/bass/drums quartet record before, and he felt a need to explore this instrumentation that is such an essential strand to jazz’s DNA. On Hymn for the Happy Man, Dan is backed by the all-star rhythm section of Christian McBride on bass, Greg Hutchinson on drums, and Mike Eckroth on piano. Together, they realize seven well-crafted originals and breathe new life into one well-chosen standard.
In his professional tenure, Dan has been at home as a soloist and section member in some of the finest ensembles on the scene, having performed and recorded with such artists as Christian McBride, the Village Vanguard Orchestra, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Fantasia, and Usher, in venues from the House of Blues to the White House. He is a founding member of the Brooklyn Jazz Underground collective, and is a regular member of the Christian McBride Big Band, the David Smith Quintet, and the Tammy Scheffer Sextet.