Primary Instrument: Piano
Jazz pianist, composer, arranger, writer and educator, Per Danielsson is was born in Stockholm, Sweden. He performs with The Jazz Professors and his own Per Danielsson Trio, among others.
His projects include trio and quartet recordings with jazz great Danny Gottlieb. He can also be heard on the new SeaBreeze release Here We Are The Jazz Surge, and the newly released Dear Old Stockholm, recorded in Stockholm, Sweden, with saxophonist Jack Wilkins, featuring revered Swedish trumpeter Jan Allen. He has formed the Per Danielsson 4Tet and partnered with Jan Allen in the Per Danielsson & Jan Allen Group.
After completing formal piano studies, which included lessons with Robert Malmberg and world-renowned jazz pianist Bengt Hallberg, his love of jazz brought him across the ocean to attend the internationally acclaimed North Texas State University.
After fifteen years as a professional musician, Per received his BM from Rollins College and completed his Master's degree in jazz studies at The University of South Florida.
While there, he studied composition and arranging with one of the finest jazz writer/arrangers of today, Chuck Owen.
Danielsson's career has included performances as a featured artist, band member, a guest artist, soloist, and sideman with many leading jazz artists and entertainers such as Louis Bellson, Clark Terry, Eric Alexander, Bill Pierce, Bobby Shew, Maureen McGovern to mention a few. He was the pianist for Chuck Owen's innovative big band.
As part of The Jazz Surge, Per performed and/or recorded with Slide Hampton, Gerald Wilson, Neena Freelon, Gordon Goodwin, Karrin Allyson, Bob Brookmeyer, Ingrid Jensen, Bob Mintzer, Randy Brecker and Danny Gottlieb.
He has performed with Swedish compatriots and jazz legends Arne Domnerus and Jan Allan.
Live from the UCF-Orlando Jazz Festival, Flying Horse (2012)
Do That Again, The Jazz Professors, Flying Horse (2013)
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Per currently resides in Orlando Florida where he has taught a variety of subjects at the University of Central Florida (UCF), University of South Florida (USF) and Rollins College. These courses have included Applied piano lessons, Jazz Keyboard Skills for non piano majors, History of Jazz, Jazz Improvisation and Jazz Arranging. He has also been instrumental in promoting and arranging jazz concerts for both faculty and students. Per also shares his knowledge in current publications by Mel Bay including: • Essential Jazz Lines in the style of Bill Evans • Essential Jazz Lines in the style of Miles Davis • First Lesson Piano • You can Teach Yourself Jazz Chords • Real Book DVD • Children's Piano Method Level One and others. Per is a long time member of the International association of Jazz Educators and is currently the treasurer for the Florida chapter of IAJE.
Per's close friendship with the legendary music educator Rich Matteson led him down the path of jazz education. As an educator, Per has shared his musical experience and expertise with students in schools and universities all around the United States, Europe and Australia. Per is especially honored to be a jazz clinician for the Rich Matteson Foundation. In 2005 Per and guitarist Corey Christiansen performed a clinic/concert tour of Australia, sponsored by Mel Bay Publications and Allan's music store chain, to promote the Mel Bay's Essential Jazz Lines Series.