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San Diego based jazz guitarist Dan Papaila’s roots are firmly planted in the blues. Dan honed his bluesy style playing with R&B legends Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Big Joe Turner, Plas Johnson, and Johnny “Hammond” Smith.

Dan’s recordings have received critical praise and international attention. “Positively!” reached #11 on national radio and was named “Best Jazz Album” at the San Diego Music Awards. His televised performance at the awards ceremony aired frequently on BET, the cable jazz network.

“Full Circle” spent 10 weeks on the national charts and was nominated “Best Jazz/Blues Album” at the San Diego Music Awards – Dan’s fifth nomination!

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