ECHO Featured Composer: Dan Cavanagh

Dan Cavanagh HeadshotDan Cavanagh is a composer and pianist who has garnered numerous awards in both areas. He is an Honorary Fellow of the National Academy of Music, and received a 2009 gold medal prize from that organization’s International Music Prize for Excellence in Composition. His trio was a finalist in the 2013 Bucharest International Jazz Competition, and he was a finalist in the 2011 Jacksonville Jazz Piano competition. Cavanagh received Honorable Mention in the 2007 Gil Evans/IAJE Commission Competition, Featured Performance at the 2006 International Jazz Composers’ Symposium, finalist in the 2002 and 2005 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers competitions, and other awards. His music continues to be performed across the country and internationally. He has received commissions from a wide range of jazz and classical groups across North America and Europe. His music can be found on a variety of American jazz and classical recordings.

Cavanagh is the founding Artistic Director and pianist of the American Jazz Composers Orchestra, a big band dedicated to performing music written by living American composers. He has performed with Grammy-winners Joe McCarthy and Irma Thomas, and many leading jazz musicians. Cavanagh serves as an Associate Professor of Music and the Associate Director of Jazz Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. For more, please visit his website at