Buy a Record, Make a Difference 9: Daniel Hersog

Buy a Record, Make a Difference is a new series we have created to help local musicians generate income during COVID-19. It is based on the principle that we should support and reward the hard work local artists have already put into recordings, as it is an immensely difficult undertaking to be creating new material under current circumstances. There is currently a lot of emphasis on livestreaming and innovation in our industry, and while those things absolutely have their place, we think it’s also important to boost projects that have already been completed.

In each post, we’ll ask a local artist a series of the same questions, give them the opportunity to talk about recordings they’re proud of, and ask them to talk about other local musicians whose work they admire. It’s our hope that you’ll take the time to listen to & purchase the work of local artists, or at the very least share their work with others.


1. Who are you? 

I am a trumpet player, composer, and educator living in Vancouver BC. I am the leader of the Daniel Hersog Jazz Orchestra, a 17 piece ensemble made up of top Vancouver jazz musicians. I am a co-leader of the hardbop sextet Sonny’s Cousin. As a sideman, I  perform with the Vancouver Legacy Jazz Orchestra, Jaelem Bhate Jazz Orchestra, and Super Trumpets.

I graduated from the New England Conservatory in 2016. Currently, I am on faculty at Capilano University where I teach jazz trumpet and lead a trumpet ensemble.

2. Describe your music as best you can.

My music is written specifically for the musicians that play it. Whether it is featuring a solo voice or a written ensemble section, I try and create a space for a player’s individuality to shine through. My large ensemble music is inspired by Gil Evans  Bob Brookmeyer, and Duke Ellington.

3. What’s your latest recording (or a recording you’d like to promote)? Where can people get it?

My new album Night Devoid Of Stars is coming out on Cellar Music on June 12th.  It is currently available for pre-order, and the first two singles are streaming on all platforms. Videos for the first two singles can be found here.

4. Is there another local musician whose work you’d like to give a shout out to? 

I would like to give a shout out to my mentor Fred Stride. In addition to producing my record, Fred’s years of mentorship have helped me grow as a musician and a composer. Fred’s knowledge of the big band canon is limitless, he is a brilliant composer and continues to serve as a mentor and teacher to many active professional musicians on the scene today.