Trumpeter, bandleader, composer, and educator Christy Dana loves to play cutting-edge, straight-ahead jazz with CDQ, her high-energy quartet. Her new CD, Merry-Go-Round, features tuneful, upbeat originals as well as a poignant Darn That Dream and a swinging Alone Together.
Christy has appeared in concert at the San Jose Jazz Festival, KCSM's Jazz on the Hill, UC Berkeley, the Jazzschool, the Berkeley Arts Festival, San Francisco's People in Plaza's Concert Series, as well as at many other music venues in the Bay Area. She was a Resident Artist at the Banff Centre for the Arts Jazz Workshop and performed nightly at the Vancouver (B.C.) International Jazz Orchestra Workshop. Christy is also a member of the Montclair Women's Big Band and is a featured soloist on the Band's album
Active as well in the classical music scene, Christy has played modern trumpet with the Women's Philharmonic, Orchestra Sonoma, the Napa Valley, Vallejo, Monterey, California, and Santa Cruz Symphonies, and has toured all of the UC campuses with the contemporary music group, the Empyrean Ensemble. On the baroque trumpet, she has performed early music with Bay Area groups Jubilate, Magnificat, and with the European-based Orchestra of the Renaissance at the Berkeley Festival. "I love going from a Bach B Minor Mass performance, to a Montclair Women's Big Band gig, to a performance of my own quartet, CDQ. The variety keeps me fresh."
A dedicated and gifted teacher, Christy has taught musicianship and jazz theory at the University of California at Berkeley since 1987, and at the Jazzschool in Berkeley since its inception in 1997. She holds degrees from DePauw University (B.M.) and Indiana University (M.M., D.M.) in brass and music theory. She has studied jazz with David Baker, John McNeil, and Mark Levine, and trumpet with Bill Adam, Charles Gorham, and Laurie Frink.