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Morning 01/21/15

This website has been live since 1999 but today is a bit different because I’m setting up an e-commerce arrangement where you can now electronically purchase my Chase archive CDs  as well as new music and more. We’ll be redesigning some pages to make my stuff easier to find and select. In the next day or so you should start to see some buttons that enable you to buy music and/or donate to our well received summer music programs for youth who need our support. 

Noon 01/16/15

Well, the year is barely two weeks old and the hard drive in my trusty laptop crashed almost causing my heart to crash. I give Thanks to some great humans and a great product that pulled me through. I’ll continue my tale of digital ego death over at the blog.

Evening: 01/05/15

A great year has passed but a brand new one is here with even more promise. 2015 is a special year for me celebrating 25 years in Marin county.

I’ll be reviewing some great highlights of the past quarter century but for now...

A feeling of gratitude for family, friends, fans each one the fruit of many years of effort. I hope everyone who drops by here will be encouraged to be appreciative of each others gifts as human beings. May you also speak out when you see something or someone who needs help. We are all one in our human journey. The time is now to start living the reality as if it matters....because it does.

[UPDATE} (see you on the blog)

Well, the Labor Day weekend is almost upon us and that means the Iowa Rock ‘n Roll Music Associations’ Hall of Fame ceremonies are slated for labor day at Lake Okiboji  in Northern Iowa.

I was inducted for the first time back in 2011 as an individual performer but this year I’m honored to be connected to two more inductees.

The Jazz-Rock band Chase is being inducted along with Des Moines’ Captain Beefheart and the Shipwrecks this year. My connection to both bands is deep.

In the meantime, my son Jaimeo is beginning work on his second album for the Motema label. His creative partner, guitarist Chris Sholar is coming up with some great new music and I’m helping with production and sound design so stay tuned. They (Jaimeo, Chris and tenor saxophone master JD Allen)  just returned from the Love Supreme Festival in London where their band Transcendence shared the bill with John Scofield, Dave Holland, Derrick Hodge and Lailah Hathaway.

I’m trying to be more social and since I have my own media outlet (this site) this will be the only place you can see and hear Dartanyan.

I do like smugmug and linkedin however, and those links are over there on the right side of the page.

Now if you haven’t already...hit my blog to see and hear my thoughts on IRRHOF. Bless you all.


WithTed Nelson, San Rafael

Dartanyan’s Blog


Private Instruction

2014 - 2015

See Me Hear me here

SmugMug Galleries

Summer Music DM



Favorite Links

We recommend the following destinations:

Jaimeo Brown -

composer, producer and master drummer.

Bill Chase

archival recordings


Influences album

Other Places I like


Asia Times

Create Digital Music



Email me stuff

Linkedin is good too.

Stuff I’ve done-CV

Dartanyan is an ASCAP publisher and writer, He is a member of the San Francisco chapter of the Recording Academy since 2005 and is a AAA member since 1976!

He is also an inductee of Iowa’s Jazz, Blues and Rock ‘n Roll Halls of fame.


January 26, 2015             Grace under Pressure

With David Lindley, Mill Valley

Jaimeo R. Brown and Friends


Buy my analog gear

Jaimeo with Dave Holland and Derrick Hodge - Love Supreme Jazz Festival, London

High above Marin County on Mt. Tamalpais