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Daniel Seeff
Songwriter I Musician I 88.1FM Radio Host I West Coast Director of the Hancock Institute of Jazz

Daniel Seeff is the West Coast Director of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz and a versatile electric and upright bassist, guitarist, writer and producer who performs and records in a wide variety of genres including hip-hop, jazz, R&B, rock and reggae. Seeff is the host of ExcrusionsRadio, a two-hour weekly jazz and hip-hop radio show on KJazz 88.1 FM that focuses on the connection between the two genres.

He has toured internationally and appeared on Grammy-winning and multi- platinum albums. Seeff co-wrote the song "Elevate" by DJ Khalil for the Academy Award-winning film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." The soundtrack to the film is nominated for a Grammy Award.

Seeff began working for the Monk Institute in 1995 in Washington, DC as a co-producer of the International Jazz Competition. He moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to work with the Institute’s educational outreach programs and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA, a two-year scholarship masters program where one band of high-level musicians is selected by Institute Chairman Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Kenny Burrell among others to study with legendary jazz artists. He also developed the Institute’s BeBop to Hip-Hop program, where high school students study music and music production with jazz artists and hip-hop producers.

In 1997, Seeff began working with three-time Grammy-winning producer DJ Khalil and touring with world-music group Wozani. Since that time, Seeff has played bass, guitar and co-written songs on dozens of hip-hop and r&b albums through his work with DJ Khalil including the chart-topping Lift Your Spirit by Aloe Blacc, the Grammy-winning Recovery by Enimem, and the Grammy-nominated albums Malibu by Anderson.Paak and Let Love Rule by Ledisi. His work has appeared on albums by artists including Drake, A$AP Rocky, Joey Badass, Logic, Big Krit, Kendrick Lamar, Jay Z, Cypress Hill and many others. He was nominated for the Ashford and Simpson Songwriter Award at the 2014 Soul Train Awards. Seeff also co-wrote the song "Elevate" by DJ Khalil for the Academy Award-winning film "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse." The soundtrack to the film is nominated for a Grammy Award. He has also worked with numerous hip-hop producers including DJ Muggs, Hi-Tek and Rahki and has toured nationally and internationally with soul group the Rebirth, Sal Santana and indie rock band My Hawaii. Seeff has studied upright bass with renowned bassist Ron Carter since 2004. He recently produced the album "Focus" by jazz bassist Billy Mohler featuring members of Kneebody.

He co-wrote the song “Cubicle” which was featured in the comedy classic Hot Tub Time Machine and “I Had a Ball,” which appeared in the hit Showtime series Shameless. Seeff also co-wrote “Your Party” which was featured in the Lifetime cult horror film The Haunting of Sorority Row. His music has appeared in dozens of TV shows including Extra!, Keeping Up With Kardashians, and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

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