Professor of Music
Jazz Studies, Piano
Director of Jazz Studies
Dana Landry is Director of Jazz Studies and Professor of Music at the University of Northern Colorado, where he directs UNC Jazz Lab Band I and the Northern Colorado Voices. He also teaches graduate courses in jazz and studio jazz piano. He serves as the Artistic Director of the UNC/Greeley Jazz Festival and the Director of UNC Jazz Press.
Under Professor Landry’s leadership, UNC Jazz Lab Band I has received four Down Beat Student Music Awards in the last five years, two as “Best College Big Band.” They were invited to perform at IAJE conferences in Long Beach, CA and New York, NY.
Landry has performed with Milt Jackson, Bela Fleck, Dick Oatts, Ingrid Jensen, Jeff Coffin, Eddie Daniels, Don Aliquo, Rufus Reid, Clay Jenkins, Bob Mintzer, Slide Hampton, and others. He has appeared throughout the U.S. and in Europe and Australia, and can be heard frequently in a trio with Erik Applegate and Jim White. Dana also co-leads the Colorado Jazz Orchestra and performs regularly with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.
His first release as a leader, Journey Home, was nominated for a Grammy Award. The CD, which features vibraphonist Gary Burton, received critical acclaim and reached #20 on the Jazz Week radio airplay chart. A CD tribute to Memphis musicians, titled Memphis Skyline and featuring bassist Erik Applegate and drummer Jim White, will be released soon.
Landry earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Berklee College of Music and a Master of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado.