- Daniel John Carroll
(b Oakland, CA, July 24, 1953). American jazz trumpeter and bandleader. He began playing trumpet at the age of eight. When he was 15 he met Dizzy Gillespie, whose friendship and guidance influenced his playing. At the age of 18 he moved to New York to perform with the vibraphonist Lionel Hampton. He subsequently became the lead trumpeter for the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra while attending the Manhattan School of Music and working with, among others, Charles Mingus and Chuck Mangione. He has continued playing with big bands and jazz orchestras including the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, the New York Jazz Giants, and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. He has also directed big bands and founded the United Nation Orchestra, which toured internationally in the late 1980s, and in 1992 the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band. Additional directing engagements have involved the 40th anniversary tour of the Newport Jazz Festival and leading the San Francisco Symphony and Chorus in a performance of Duke Ellington’s sacred music. He has also written a jazz opera, ...