Danny Green

Danny Green

Pianist/Composer/Educator

San Diego native Danny Green has garnered a reputation in the jazz community as an emerging artist whose music sounds simultaneously seasoned and fresh, showcasing a brilliant blend of jazz, Brazilian, Latin and classical elements. Green’s music engages listeners around the world with evocative melodies and infectious rhythms.  According to JazzReview.com, “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 own...an individual who expresses what is inside of him.”

Green revealed to the world his impressive talents on his 2009 solo debut recording, With You In Mind.  The San Diego Union-Tribune reviewed his debut recording and described Green as “Equally adept at jazz, classical and various Brazilian styles…but even in its most intricate moments, his music never sacrifices soul for technique or substance for flash.”  The album received extensive airplay around the globe rising to #18 on the Jazz Week Charts, and won “Best Jazz Album” at the 2009 San Diego Music Awards. 

In 2012, Green teamed up with Tapestry Records to release his latest album, A Thousand Ways Home.  As on With You In Mind, Green's compositions incorporate Brazilian and Latin as well as jazz and classical influences. The core group consists of Green on piano, Justin Grinnell on bass, Julien Cantelm on drums and Tripp Sprague on soprano and tenor saxophone. Green also features an incredibly talented cast of guest artists that include mandolinist Eva Scow on four of the tracks, guitarists Chico Pinheiro, Peter Sprague and Dusty Brough as well as Brazilian vocalist Claudia Villela.  A Thousand Ways Home received numerous rave reviews nationwide, rose to #17 on the Jazz Week Charts, was voted into KSDS Jazz 88.3’s “Top Ten Jazz Releases of 2012,” and was nominated “Best Jazz Album” in the 2013 San Diego Music Awards.

Green received his B.A. in piano performance from the University of California, San Diego where he graduated with honors and awarded 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.