Daniel Hersog is a distinguished figure in the jazz world, noted for his significant contributions as both a performer and a composer. His work received high praise in 2020, winning him the Jazz Times Magazine poll award for best composer. Hersog's approach to jazz has been recognized by industry critics; All About Jazz described him as "a major new compositional voice in jazz" (All About Jazz), and DownBeat Magazine highlighted his "artistic individuality" (DownBeat Magazine).
Hersog's debut album, Night Devoid of Stars, released in 2020, received considerable acclaim. Jazz Times Magazine complimented it as "a mature, superbly-crafted statement, that doesn't sound anything like a debut" (Jazz Times Magazine). Continuing his musical journey, Hersog recently released his second album, Open Spaces (Folk Songs Reimagined), showcasing the talents of jazz luminaries such as Kurt Rosenwinkel and Scott Robinson.
In addition to his recorded music, Hersog has been a part of larger ensembles, touring across North America and performing at various notable venues such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival, Frankie’s Jazz Club, and Pat’s Pub. He has also collaborated with groups including The Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra, Super Trumpets, and Sonny’s Cousin as a sideman.
Hersog is not only a performer and composer, but also an educator. As a graduate of the New England Conservatory and recipient of the Gunther Schuller Medal, Hersog now holds the position of academic coordinator of the jazz studies program at Capilano University. In this role, he teaches jazz trumpet, theory, and composition, and leads the trumpet ensemble, sharing his passion and understanding of jazz with future generations of musicians.