Daniel Karlsson was born in 1973 in Kristinehamn, a Swedish town on the Vänern Lake, in the Värmland county. In 1992 he moved to Skurup, in the county of Skåne, to attend the local musical High School, where he studied piano and jazz full-time. Two years after he was accepted by the Royal Music Academy (Kungliga Musikhögskolan) in Stockholm, where he followed a program dedicated to the Afro-American musical tradition. Daniel studied there for 4 years with Alvaro Is Rojas and Ove Lundin.
In Stockholm, he quickly established himself in the jazz world and became member of the Fredrik Noren Band (FNB) since 1995. FNB is often called the Swedish Art Blakey, as it is where many young Swedish talented musician begun their path, such as Esbjörn Svensson, Dan Berglund, Joakim Milder, Christian Spering, Jonas Kullhammar and many others. FNB got Daniel to be on tour with guest artists such as Nicolas Payton and Ron Blake. Through FNB, Daniel got also in touch with Lennart Åberg, who later on took him in a quartet with Atkins, Spering and Peter Erskine.
During the time Daniel was playing with FNB he also played with many other Swedish musicians and artists; among others Viktoria Tolstoy, Rigmor Gustavsson, Magnus Lindgren, Jaenette Lindström et al.
In 1997, he formed the group that became his highest priority, and still is today: Oddjob. Oddjob is a musical collective in which the members compose together during regular rehearsals. The group has had a huge success in Europe, where they toured a lot, and they have released seven albums, winning the Swedish jazz music Grammy in 2002. One of their albums, their latest studio album Jazzoo, is dedicated to children and it also won the 2014 Swedish Grammy for children music. Oddjob has recently released a double -live album that was recorded in Bremen in two different occasions.
While with Oddjob, Daniel has also toured with Lisa Nilsson (2002-2005) and Till Brönner (2004-2008), and as he won the year’s “Jazz in Sweden” scholarship in 2005, he was then releasing his first album with his own music “Pan-Pan”.
In 2012 he began his cooperation with Magnus Öström band by featuring on the band’s latest album “Searching for Jupiter”, and touring around Europe.
Alongside music, Daniel has great interest in the Stockholm archipelago and boating. In 2004 he moved with his partner Ann-Sofi to the island of Runmarö, to give island life a serious try. Daniel bought a the taxi boat Bellona, that become part of his everyday life. Daniel and Ann-Sofi have two children.