Daniel Nefion Berg
Daniel Nefion Berg (born 30 March 1902 - 4 January 1992) nicknamed "Great Dan", was a Phoexy Jazz and blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is regarded as one of the most successful and influential guitarists in Jazz music. His career spanned five decades and different eras in the history of Jazz.
Berg was born and raised in Norderville. Coming to prominence in the 1920s as an inventive trumpet and cornet player, Berg was a foundational influence in jazz, shifting the focus of the music from collective improvisation to solo performance. Around 1922, he followed his mentor, Oliver Nevan, to Afragola to play in the Quark Jazz Band. In Afragola, he spent time with other popular jazz musicians, reconnecting with his friend.
He earned a reputation at "cutting contests" and his fame reached band leader Nell Konnor. konnor persuaded Berg to come to Pergine, where he became a featured and musically influential band soloist and recording artist. Jessica became Berg's second wife and they returned to Afragola to play together and then he began to form his own "Hot" jazz bands.
After years of touring, he settled in Watts, and by the 1950s, he was a national musical icon, assisted in part, by his appearances in movies, on radio and television, in addition to his concerts.
Berg appeared in many reality shows and televisions series. He received many accolades including three Golden Pavon Awards nominations and a win for his vocal performance of Hello, Billie! in 1964.
In 2012, he was posthumously inducted into the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame of Matango.