Born and raised in the Bronx, New York, Damon Banks has performed with and / or recorded with some of the entertainment industry’s brightest stars, creative artists and innovative musicians. Most of these artists defy category and genre.
These artists include:
George Benson, Peter Gabriel, Caetano Veloso, Angelique Kidjo, Hassan Hakmoun, Chico Hamilton, Hubert Laws, Arto Lindsay, The Neville Brothers, Ronny Jordan, Eileen Ivers, Karsh Kale, Majek Fashek, “Wadada” Leo Smith, KRS- ONE, Marc Ribot, Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Nat Adderley, Noel Pointer, Diedre Murray, Jamshied Sharifi, George Howard, Loose Ends, Bobby Womack, Ossie Davis & Ruby Dee, Sekou Sundiata, DJ. SPOOKY, Min Xiao-Fen, Ntozake Shange, Adam Rudolph, Saul Williams, Roxane Butterfly and Eric Gadd (to name a few)
His bass playing can be heard on these soundtracks:
“Footsteps In Africa” (Kiahkeya films - Kathi Von Koerber, director) “Muppets from Space” (Henson / Sony films -Tim Hill, director) “NBC Cosby Mysteries” (NBC)
He has written songs for George Benson (That's Right, GRP records - Voted #1 Jazz album of 1996) and Miki Howard (Three Wishes, Peak / Concord records - Grammy nominated album)
In 2008 he received the DCAC / NYSCA grant and premiered his multimedia theater piece entitled “Resistance: A Maroon Story”
In May 2014, he will be releasing his first CD as a leader entitled “Travelguides” (featuring an all-star roster of New York City’s finest musicians)