As a jazz player Danny endeavours to go beyond the rhythmic possibilities of the piano, to bring a harmonic palette and melodic lyricism to every instance whether solo or ensemble - to adorn, rather than distort the character of a piece of music. To borrow a phrase from the great Hank Jones, "to appeal to people who appreciate the subtleties of jazz ... to be cognizant of a song's writer, to establish the melody and be true to the tune."

A regular performer in Toronto’s established jazz rooms such as The Rex and The Home Smith Bar (Old Mill, Toronto).
His extensive repertoire ranges from the swing tunes of Benny Goodman and Fats Waller to ballads and standards from the Great American Songbook, on to the bop classics of Charlie Parker and post-bop standards of Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock.

Danny performed with clarinet soloist Bob DeAngelis at the National Arts Centre, Ottawa with the NAC orchestra in January 2010. He also appeared with DeAngelis and his Champagne Symphony Orchestra at the "Tribute To Benny Goodman" concert in January 2008 at Carnegie Hall on the 70th anniversary of Goodman's original 1938 appearance. The Champagne Symphony has performed New Year's Eve at Roy Thomson Hall and at concert halls throughout North America. Visit www.thechampagnesymphony.com.

• “Tribute to Jim Galloway.” A “Live to Air” JAZZ FM broadcast with the Don Vickery Quintet. Jan 2015.

• With the Ross Wooldridge Sextet “Tribute to Benny Goodman.” Recorded in concert for JAZZ FM at Old Mill, Toronto. Broadcast Mar 2013.

• Other credits include numerous performances with jazz artists such as Jim Galloway, Peter Appleyard, Guido Basso, Don Thompson, Dave Young, Terry Clark and Henry Cuesta.

• In July 2007 Danny appeared with Polish jazz sensation Marek Balata at the Isobel Bader Theatre in "Come A Little Closer."

• Danny is pianist for the Spitfire Band under the direction of Micky Erbe.

• Among the jazz vocalists Danny has backed are Bonnie Brett, George Evans, John Alcorn, Jackie Richardson, Carol Welsman, Matt Dusk and Heather Bambrick.

• Danny's quartet performed at the post-concert reception for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Queen's gala held at Roy Thomson Hall, October 2002.

• His jazz festival appearances include the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival, festivals held at Ottawa, Orillia, Brantford, Port Hope and Prince Edward County, and the Festival Of The Sound (Parry Sound).

• His work has been broadcast on CBC and JAZZ FM Radio.
 


A McMichael Gallery concert with Jerry Fuller and Bob Price

 

At the Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival with San Murata and Rob Uffen.



In Concert with the Bob DeAngelis "Big Band"
 

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