Arlene McDaniel       JazzPiano


Upcoming Performances

Currently available as a CD or download.


at Schuler Books

Eastwood Towne Center and

Meridian Mall


Arlene McDaniel is a jazz pianist/educator who has been active in the Mid-Michigan area since  1981.  She has a Bachelors Degree from MSU in Music Theory/Composition (1984).  Jazz compositions range from piano solo to full jazz ensemble.  Arlene has performed at The Soaring Eagle Casino (Water Lily Lounge), Old Town Jazz Fest, Summer Solstice Jazz Fest, Montreux/Detroit Jazz Fest, East Lansing Art Fair, as well as local venues such as  The Firefly Club of  Ann Arbor, The Cappuccino Café,  Coral Gables, and The Exchange.  She also hired and scheduled all the music performances at The Cappuccino Café from 2002 up to their closing in July of 2009.  As well as leading her own group, Arlene has performed with notable artists such as The Truth in Jazz Orchestra, Nick Calandro, Ed Fedewa,  Randy Gillespie, Sheila Landis, Larry Ochiltree, Sunny Wilkinson, The Pied Pipers, and The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra.   Arlene was the accompanist for the MSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble I from 2005-’08, under the direction of Sunny Wilkinson.  Arlene began teaching jazz piano at the Michigan State University Community Music School (CMS) in the fall of 2008, and is excited about continuing to further the education of jazz.

Arlene’s trio of many years with Gene Rebeck (bass) and  Ian LeVine (drums) released their recording  Timeless. The 2009 CD contains mainly original material. 

Click to read the CD Review for Timeless from the Lansing State JournalLSJ_Review.html

What people are saying about Timeless

"A thoughtful debut effort, peppered with pianist Arlene McDaniel's own sophisticated original jazz compositions."                                                                                                                 

                                                                    Sheila Landis

                                                                            SheLan Records

“I'm digging your disc.  The nice thing about your originals is that they have melody and a feeling that you might have heard it before even though they're fresh tunes.  The disc is very well conceived, recorded, sequenced and packaged.” 

                                                                            Linda Yohn

                                                                Music Director, WEMU

Click photos to see highlights from the JAMM Tribute Concert,  La Batterie 2009 at LCC’s Dart Auditorium, The Firefly Club, and Arlene’s interview on WLNZ’s The Vinyl Side of Midnight.

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