Danny Green

Born: September 10, 1981    Primary Instrument: Piano

Danny Green

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, “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 individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

Well versed in Classical, Jazz and Latin styles, Green began his musical studies by listening to his father play violin and studying piano at the age of five. First inspired by Ruben Gonzalez, he shifted his attention towards Jazz and Latin music while in high school and never turned back. Green received his B.A. in piano performance from the University of California, San Diego where he graduated with honors and won the Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award. He received his Master's Degree in Music (Jazz Studies) from San Diego State University in 2011 where he was awarded “Outstanding Graduate Student” along with several scholarships. He has studied with Rick Helzer, Kamau Kenyatta, Anthony Davis, Otmaro Ruiz, Marcos Silva, Jovino Santos-Neto, Guinga, Chico Pinheiro, Edu Ribeiro, and Marcio Bahia and in classical studies with John Mark Harris and Luciane Cardassi. Green also credits California Brazil Camp for developing his understanding of authentic Brazilian style and substance having participated in their program since 2006. Since that time, he has been playing with some top musicians that include Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague, Eva Scow, Aaron Serfaty, Duncan Moore, Tripp Sprague, Julien Cantelm and Justin Grinnell....
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Jimmy Cheatham Jazz Award

Best Jazz Album - 2009 San Diego Music Awards Outstanding Graduate Student - SDSU - 2011

”Richly engaging and utterly brilliant album...he pulls you in a hundred different directions and rewards you richly for following him every time. This is one of the best jazz albums I’ve heard in a decade.”

Rick Anderson - CD Hotlist

“A Thousand Ways Home finds Green working in a most unique setting by merging jazz, classical, Brazilian and Latin into a most personal hybrid of expression that no other pianist dare take on...Combine the technically proficient with the artistically gift and then toss in the appreciation and celebration of those musicians closes to him and you have passion on a nice shiny disc.”

Brent Black - @CriticalJazz

“There isn't a weak cut on this record. Highly recommended.”

Robert Bush - San Diego Reader

“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 individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

Chuck Vecoli -

As a Leader

A Thousand Ways Home
Tapestry Records
Tracks: A Thousand Ways Home; Unwind; Under Night's Cover; Quintal da Solidão; Nighttime Disturbances; Over Too Soon; Soggy Shoes; Flight of the Stumble Bee; Tranquil Days; Back To Work; Dusty Road - Part I; Dusty Road - Part II; Running Out Of Time
Personnel: Danny Green: Piano, Justin Grinnell: Bass, Julien Cantelm: Drums, Tripp Sprague: Soprano and Tenor Saxophones, Eva Scow: Mandolin, Chico Pinheiro: Guitar, Claudia Villela: Vocals, Peter Sprague: Guitar, Dusty Brough: Guitar

With You In Mind
Alante Recordings
Tracks: Doctor Pasta; Baiao Pra voce; Para Chano; Jellyfish; With You In Mind; Gigi; Panic Nap; Off The Streets; The Last Minute; Suite For The Americas; Lullaby For A Poet.
Personnel: Danny Green: Piano, Melodica and Rhodes. Justin Grinnell: Bass. Dylan Savage: Drums. Tripp Sprague: Soprano Saxophone. Allan Phillips: Percussion.

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Willing to teach:
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B.A. in Piano Performance, UCSD Master's in Music - Jazz Studies, SDSU Jazz/Brazilian/Latin Jazz and classical piano lessons $60/hr

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