Dan Barnett

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Dan Barnett was born into popular music being the son of the fabulous Sydney bassist, Cliff Barnett.

He started his musical life as a Trombonist yet promptly established a passion for singing.

He has since carved out excellent credibility on the Australian music scene.

Dan has worked and recorded with a few of the greats in Australian and global music such as:

  • James Morrison
  • INXS
  • Jack Johnson
  • Will Calhoun
  • Paul Kelly
  • Tom Burlinson
  • Barbara Morrison
  • Mark Murphy
  • Bob Barnard
  • Boy George
  • Dan Barrett
  • Tom Baker
  • Bob Montgomery
  • Culture Club
  • George Washingmachine
  • Emma Pask
  • Judy Carmichael
  • Janet Seidel
  • Don Burrows
  • George Golla
  • Evan Christopher
  • David Paquette
  • Judy Bailey
  • Rhonda Birchmore
  • Kevin Hunt and "The Australian Art Orchestra" production
  • "Testimony" the Legend of Charlie parker

Dan is a long-term participant of the legendary Unity Hall Jazz band and Blues Point Jazz vocal group, as well as being a popular bandleader of both big band and small teams.

Dan is a regular on the Australian and European festival circuit having played at: Waiheke JVC Jazz New Zealand, Thredbo, Manly, Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne Festivals, Wangarratta, River Festival (Brisbane), Jazz in The Domain, Darling Harbour Jazz fest, Wyndham Estate, Lleuwin Estate, Ascona Jazz Switzerland, Sildajazz Norway and on Tours of Thailand, Europe, Taiwan and the U.S.A.

Dan was a runner-up in the distinguished 2006 London International Jazz Competition for vocalists.

And in 2007 and 2008 travelled Brazil 3 times as part of "Jazz Festival Brazil" to rave evaluations.

On the durability of this he toured his 14-piece big band to Brazil in late 2008 for "Banco do Brazil".

Dan likewise has five CDs under his own full name. "The Right Track", "Point of No Return" (including his big band on the La Brava label), "Little Green Men" along with his team Barnett 5 on the Vitamin Label and the most up to date launch with his big band "Somewhere, Someplace, Sometime".

Dan released CD number 4 "One for C" as tribute to his late father in May 2009 and was nominated for a Bell Jazz Award.

In 2010 and 2011 Dan carried out in Finland, Denmark, Switzerland and at the renowned Montreux Jazz festival and also played in the UK.

In 2012 Dan returned to the EU for dates in France, Finland, Switzerland and Italy and is established for even more of the same in 2013.


“Dan Barnett is a natural bandleader with the personality and charisma to charm the most demanding of audiences.  Add his talents as a fine, swinging vocalist and excellent trombone player, and you have the complete package ....one of the most satisfying sounds in Australian music”. - Kevin Jones, respected music writer for The Australian newspaper and Fine Music magazine.


“Barnett's vocals are done to an old school crooner like perfection that makes old school new cool.” Critical Jazz USA.


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