Nico Dann's Rhododendron

Toronto/Brooklyn-based Jazz/Improvised Music Ensemble

Described as being “...fiendishly precise...” (, New York based Canadian Nico Dann has been playing drums for over 15 years. Besides composing/arranging for and leading his own jazz ensembles in New York. Nico has played and recorded with chart-topping indie luminary tUnE-yArDs (4AD Records), Montreal-based ex-indie band Sister Suvi and many other bands and ensembles. Nico has performed at various festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands, Montreal’s Off Jazz Festival and POP Montreal, Austin’s South by Southwest, England’s Glastonbury Festival, New York’s CMJ Festival and the Distillery Jazz Festival in Toronto. Nico has also played at many world-renowned venues including New York’s the Bowery Ballroom, Rockwood Music Hall, Rockshop and Sidewalk Café, Toronto’s The Rex, Montreal’s The Upstairs, Edinburgh’s The Jazz Bar and The Living Arts Center in Philadelphia.

Although Nico’s primary output has been in the jazz and indie-rock idioms, he has had the opportunity to play with ensembles in many musical contexts. Nico made his Contemporary-Classical Music debut playing the music of Peter Lieberson with violist-father Steven Dann and bassist Joel Quarrington at Ottawa’s National Arts Centre in 2008. In 2010 Nico performed the Musical-Theatre compositions of Bram Gielen in Toronto’s Summerworks “Indie Theatre and Arts Festival”. Lately Nico has been one third of Contemporary Blue-Grass Band The Alex Mallett Band.

Nico Dann’s Rhododendron is a Jazz/Improvised-Music Ensemble led by drummer Nico Dann. Based in Brooklyn, NY and Toronto, ON, Rhododendron plays mostly original music by the band members and predominantly the compositions of leader Nico Dann. Rhododendron is versed in the full spectrum of modern improvised music from arrangements of jazz standards to modern compositions, pulling from all facets of contemporary music such as Free Improv., Pop and Rock Songwriting, Math-based composition techniques, Hip Hop, and of course the history of Jazz.