Originally from Boston, MA and currently living in New York City, Dennis Lichtman is a multi-instrumentalist (mainly clarinet, fiddle, and mandolin) who is deeply entrenched in early- to mid-1900’s American music, from traditional jazz and swing to bluegrass and western swing.
Since 2007, Dennis has been the clarinetist and bandleader of the famed Tuesday night traditional-jazz jam session at Mona's in downtown New York, which was profiled in the New York Times, and has been described by the Wall Street Journal as "ground zero for an emerging late-night scene of young swing and traditional jazz players.”
Lichtman will release two new albums in 2017: Queens Jazz – A Living Tradition, and The Brain Cloud: Live at Barbès.” The former features nine original compositions inspired by the migration of jazz legends into the borough of Queens, NY in the 1920’s and 1930’s. The latter documents a Monday night residency in Brooklyn, which Lichtman’s western swing sextet, The Brain Cloud, has held down for five years.
Lichtman has performed at Carnegie Hall, major festivals throughout the United States, and on stages in Europe, Brazil, and China. He is on the faculty of the Welbourne Traditional Jazz Music Camp in Middleburg, VA, and has led college master classes and public school workshops through the Midori Foundation, Lincoln Center’s Meet The Artist Series, and Beijing’s Ping-Pong Productions.