Dan is an award winning guitarist with over 20 years of experience.
His recordings have received international acclaim. “Positively!” reached
#11 on national radio and was named “Best Jazz Album” at the San Diego Music Awards. Dan’s televised performance at the awards airs regularly on BET, the cable jazz network.
“Full Circle” spent 10 weeks on the national charts and was nominated “Best Jazz/Blues Album” at the SD Music Awards – Dan’s fifth nomination.
What people are saying:
“Papaila’s bluesy blowing is convincing. In his book, swing, phrasing, round tone, and ensemble interaction apparently come before technical displays. As one bit of jazz wisdom goes, you spend years learning all you can, and devote the rest of the time deciding what to leave out, Papaila has done just that.”
“A highly talented and woefully undersung player.”
Sacramento News & Review
“One of the finest jazz musicians to come out of San Diego in recent
“Beautiful musical articulation and sonic warmth.”
Rocky Mountain News
“Papaila provided the most honestly soulful and
creative guitar sounds at the Winter Park festival.”
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