Originally from Los Angeles, California, pianist/composer Danny Grissett is a relatively new addition to the New York jazz scene. He started playing the piano at age five, and began studying classically when he turned six. Danny continued his classical training through high school and college, earning his B.A. in Music Education in 1998, while developing a love for jazz along the way. He further explored his love for jazz in graduate school, earning his M.F.A in Jazz Performance from Cal Arts in 2000, and completing studies at the prestigious Thelonious Monk Institute in 2001. There he studied with jazz masters such as Barry Harris, Herbie Hancock, Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Bobby Watson, Jimmy Heath and Carl Allen....
...he plays with an effortless brilliance that distinguishes him as one of the top three young pianists on the contemporary scene...
~ All Music Guide
...exquisite...Promise is easily one of the best jazz debuts of 2006, and should rank high on any self-respecting list of the great jazz releases of the year.
.... it’s a risky decision to make your debut recording in a trio setting, but pianist Danny Grissett need not worry -- he deserves nothing but acclaim for this set, one of the best maiden voyages that I have heard in years. [About PROMISE (Criss Cross-2006)] ...by C. Andrew Hovan, AAJ.
Grissett's Promise, fulfills its title affirmatively. It's an album that can be returned to again and again, rewarding the listener with new layers of enjoyment.
~ Hot House Magazine
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