Meet Dan Ouellette

Dan Ouellette is the author of The Landfill Chronicles – Unearthing Legends of Modern Music.

Dan Ouellette is a New York-based writer, author, journalist, editor, curator, and speaker with an expertise in jazz music as well as “beyond jazz” music including significant archival interviews with Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Laurie Anderson, Elvis Costello, John Lee Hooker, David Byrne, Esperanza Spalding, Joni Mitchell and others. His jazz highlights include Wayne Shorter, Carla Bley, Abdullah Ibrahim, Henry Threadgill, Charlie Haden, Keith Jarrett, Jimmy Smith, McCoy Tyner, and others. 

Dan travels the world covering music. His explorations include Beijing, Cape Town (South Africa), Melbourne (Australia), Mali, Istanbul, Canada (Vancouver, Montreal, Quebec City), the Mississippi Delta juke joints, Austria, and Italy (Genoa, Perugia and Orvieto). 

Dan has served as a project manager, a co-producer of audio/video projects (including between-show content at the Monterey Jazz Festival) and a chronicler of artist conversations in front of a live audience at major jazz festivals including Monterey and North Sea Jazz Festival. 

Dan’s sizable catalog of recorded interviews from 1985 to present are being archived at California State University, Monterey Bay. He was twice nominated for the Lifetime Achievement in Jazz Journalism honors by the Jazz Journalism Association. 

In addition to his Landfill Chronicles chapters on the Medium platform at, Dan has been delivering his monthly column, Jazz & Beyond Intel, at, now in its fifth year. Landfill celebrates the classic past; Jazz & Beyond Intel champions today’s rising stars. 

Now firmly based in the East End of Long Island, Dan has been actively involved with the Hamptons Jazz Festival, including appearances on the local NPR station WLIW as well as the local cable television station LTV which features a weekly interview program on music. Both are streamable worldwide. 

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