Based in the Netherlands, Equinox is a quintet co-lead by guitarist Dan Nicholas and bassist Johnny Daly. Nicholas comes from New York City and Daly is a native of Dublin, Ireland. Both musicians have made the Netherlands their home, inspired by the rich jazz climate they found there.
Joining Nicholas and Daly in Equinox are three of the country's top jazz musicians; the tenor saxophone titan Simon Rigter, the elegant and adventurous pianist Bob Wijnen and master drummer Marcel Serierse. The band plays a mix of vivid original pieces, personal arrangements of standards and classic jazz repertoire by the likes of Thelonious Monk, Billy Strayhorn, Charles Mingus and Horace Silver. Equinox is deeply rooted in a wide spectrum of jazz tradition, which constantly informs the band's musical explorations. The individual members of the band all draw inspiration from this tradition in the development of their own personal avenues of musical expression.
In addition to performing as an instrumental quintet, Equinox also has a diverse repertoire of original arrangements that feature veteran vocalist Marjorie Barnes. The meeting between Equinox and Marjorie Barnes is done in a true collaborative spirit, with the band's signature sound acting as a platform for tailor made arrangements that perfectly fit Marjorie's unique vocal gifts.
"All the individual musicians of Equinox are masters of their instruments and fluent speakers of the most refined musical language.....with an up-to-date spirit of mind they play timeless music of the highest caliber."
- Peter Beets, pianist
“…Great playing and strong writing… They have forged their own musical identities while addressing the roots of the music. This is a great band that we will be hearing many great things from in the future.”
- Peter Bernstein, guitarist
“Equinox play their music in a style that is deeply respectful to its roots, but which is both entertaining and accessible to a wide audience. Cool and lucid performances – exciting and virtuosic, a joy to hear.”
- Bill Whelan, composer, Riverdance
"Equinox fulfill their role as keepers of the flame with flair and conviction."