Danny Green

Danny Green


La Mesa, California (Greater San Diego Area)

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Danny Green's Summary

San Diego native Danny Green has managed to carve out a place for himself in the lineup of young jazz artists who have a pulse on keeping the tradition of jazz piano and composition alive while stepping boldly into the future. According to JazzReview.com, “Danny Green is what evolution in jazz is all about, expressing the traits of those that came before him, with a style and panache that is all his own...an individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

Green revealed to the world his impressive talents on his 2009 solo debut recording, With You In Mind. The San Diego Tribune reviewed his debut recording and described Green as “Equally adept at jazz, classical and various Brazilian styles...but even in its most intricate moments, his music never sacrifices soul for technique or substance for flash.” The album received extensive airplay around the globe rising to #18 on the Jazz Week Charts, and won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. Green began working on With You In Mind after producing the Afro-Cuban Jazz inspired album, Past Due (which featured trumpet, bass, drums, percussion and a very young Danny Green). With You In Mind focused on Brazilian influences cradled in mainstream jazz and classical nuances.

In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release his latest album, A Thousand Ways Home. As on With You In Mind, Green's compositions incorporate Brazilian and Latin as well as jazz and classical influences. A Thousand Ways Home received numerous rave reviews nationwide and was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012.” A Thousand Ways Home reached #17 on the Jazz Week Charts.

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Danny Green's Experience



January 2000Present (14 years 9 months)

Danny is a renowned jazz pianist who regularly performs with his trio or quartet. He also performs at weddings, corporate events, public festivals, and restaurants; coordinates performance events; transcribes music; teaches piano privately; and educates school-age students about jazz music.

Danny was the winner of the 2009 San Diego Music Awards for Best Jazz Album. Danny received his B.A. in Piano Performance from UCSD, where he graduated with honors and won the "Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award." In 2011, he received his Master's Degree in Music from SDSU with an emphasis on Jazz Studies and was awarded "Outstanding Graduate." Danny has taught private piano lessons since 2000 and has also taught piano classes at Grossmont Community College, San Diego City College, Canyon Crest Academy and at the Anthology Jazz Institute.

Danny has performed at numerous public and private events, including the wedding of San Diego Charger Antonio Gates.

Danny Green's Honors and Awards

  • Best Jazz Album

    San Diego Music Awards
    • September 2009

    With You In Mind, Green's Debut Solo Release, named "Best Jazz Album of the Year" by the San Diego Music Foundation

    San Diego, CA - September 11, 2009 - San Diego-based independent record label, Pacific Coast Jazz (PCJ), is proud to report its artist, Danny Green, won "Best Jazz Album of the Year" from the San Diego Music Foundation in their 19th annual awards ceremony, last night at Viejas Concerts in the Park, San Diego, CA. With You in Mind is Green's debut solo release and it received extensive airplay in stations around the globe beginning in January 2009. With You In Mind was co-produced with Allan Phillips and features Justin Grinnell (bass), Dylan Savage (drums), Allan Phillips (percussion) and Tripp Sprague (soprano saxophone). With ten original compositions and one cover, Green combines both Brazilian and Latin influences, cradled in mainstream jazz and classical nuances.

  • Outstanding Graduate

    San Diego State University - School of Music & Dance
    • May 2011
  • Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award

    UCSD - Music Department
    • June 2004

Danny Green's Projects

  • A Thousand Ways Home

    • January 2013 to Present
    Team Members: Danny Green

    “A Thousand Ways Home showcases a musical mind of rare sensitivity and rigor–not to mention an unusual creativity when it comes to arrangements. This is one of the best jazz albums I’ve heard in a decade.”
    ~ Rick Anderson, CD Hotlist
    “A rare combination of excellent originals and a truly virtuosic performance from pianist Green could serve to propel A Thousand Ways Home to the top of the jazz charts. Perhaps just as noteworthy, this recording may well help cement his reputation as one of the important up-and-comers on the scene today.”
    ~ Edward Blanco, All About Jazz

  • With You In Mind

    • September 2008 to Present
    Team Members: Danny Green

    The album shows that he will no doubt become one of the more important musicians and names in jazz, perhaps becoming this generation’s equivalent of Herbie Hancock, McCoy Tyner, and Dave Brubeck for this guy not only plays with elegance, but knows how to edge the listener on with his spacing, allowing the arrangements to lure people in to hear not only him, but the musicians (including Dylan Savage on drums, Allan Phillips on percussion, Justin Grinnell on bass, and Tripp Sprague on sax) to get into the precision Green is establishing with each song. There are elements of “Para Chano” that sound like Ram-era Paul McCartney, and just when the song feels like it will end comfortably, Green plays a repetitive chord structure and lets Savage and percussion enhance the flavors of the stew brewing with the kind of drive that will make people dance and perhaps get extra randy. “Doctor Pasta”, “Panic Nap”, and “Lullaby For A Poet” manages to take things as far as they can without ever going overboard, it’s very polished and sustained and Green knows how to create his own style. That might sound silly, but I say this to suggest that sometimes a lot of musicians simply play and emulate. Green and the other musicians are obviously influenced by other great musicians but they’re trying to make an effort to make it feel like them, so that you’ll know this is the music of Danny Green. It is, and I hope he and the other musicians will continue to record and perform for years to come, as this is a continutation of the greatness that is jazz.
    ~John Book, The Run-Off Groove

Danny Green's Skills & Expertise

  1. Jazz Piano
  2. Music
  3. Music Transcription
  4. Wedding Coordinating
  5. Sibelius
  6. Music Production
  7. Latin Jazz
  8. Brazilian Jazz
  9. Corporate Events
  10. Music Education
  11. Latin music
  12. classical music
  13. Solo Piano
  14. Piano Education
  15. Classical

Danny Green's Education

San Diego State University-California State University

Master of Arts (M.A.), Jazz/Jazz Studies

University of California, San Diego

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Music Performance

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