Dan Aran established himself as an in demand side man in the New York Jazz scene shortly upon arrival to the US in 2001.
Aran started his musical journey in his hometown of Jerusalem, fascinated with the dumbek and drum set Dan got his first drums at 11 and a year later enrolled at the Rubin Academy of Music high school. Dan graduated from the school at seventeen and was already a busy drummer in the Israeli music scene, playing with a number of different groups including performing with bassist Avishai Cohen, the Amos Hoffman group, Omer Avital and with Mr. Arnie Lawrence's groups.
He has performed at most of the major venues in Israel including the Jerusalem Theater, the Camelot and the International Red Sea Jazz Festival.
Dan continued his education by enrolling at the New School University, located in New York City.
He graduated in 2004 earning a BFA in performance and is now an active player on the New York City scene, He has played in major venues in the U.S, Europe and the Middle East and is active in both the jazz scene and in the world music scene.
In addition to working with artists such as, Harry Whitaker, Junior Mance, Natalie Merchant, Stacey Kent, Art Hirahara, Ray Gallon, Dave Glasser Quartet, pharaoh's daughter, Nick Hempton, Omer Avital, Eti Ankri, John Di Martino, Alon Yavnai, Ron Affif, and many others, Dan leads his own quintet and is establishing himself as a writer and bandleader, he released his first record as a leader "breathing",(smalls records), in September 2009.