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Primary Instrument: Clarinet

Born: October 19, 1941

Eddie Daniels is that rarest of rare musicians who is not only equally at home in both jazz and classical music, but excels at both with breathtaking virtuosity.

Expert testimony from the jazz world comes from the eminent jazz critic Leonard Feather, who said of Eddie, “It is a rare event in jazz where one man can all but reinvent an instrument bringing it to a new stage of revolution.”

From the classical side, Leonard Bernstein said “Eddie Daniels combines elegance and virtuosity in a way that makes me remember Arthur Rubenstein. He is a thoroughly well-bred demon.” Eddie first came to the attention of the jazz audience as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Eddie was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he sank $400 in a round-trip flight to Vienna to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them....
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Music

Featured recording “Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe”

Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe

IPO Recordings
2013
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    Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe

    IPO Recordings
    2013
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    Live At The Library Of Congress

    IPO Recordings
    2011
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    A Duet of One

    IPO Recordings
    2009
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    Homecoming - Live At The Iridium

    IPO Recordings
    2007
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    Mean What You Say

    IPO Recordings
    2006
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    This Is New

    Repertoire Records
    2000
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    Under The Influence

    Repertoire Records
    1993
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