Harold Danko, jazz piano

Faculty Artist Series

February 29, 2016 | 8:00 PM Kilbourn Hall
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Harold Danko’s Tenth Quadrennial Leap Year Event
All compositions by Harold Danko.

with Rich Perry, tenor saxophone
Clay Jenkins, trumpet
Charles Pillow, reeds
Jeff Campbell, bass
Rich Thompson, drums

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Professor Harold Danko has been on the faculty at Eastman since 1998 and served as Jazz Studies Chair from 2002 to 2011. In his current position at Eastman, Harold teaches jazz piano, directs the Jazz Performance Workshops, and heads the Eastman Jazz Trio and Quartet.

He is well known from long-term associations with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Lee Konitz, and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video. Performances by Harold on Youtube have garnered thousands of views and those with Chet Baker from his 1987 Tokyo concert have far exceeded a million. He served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the New School/Mannes, Hartt College, and at other institutions prior to his appointment at Eastman.

As a bandleader, he has been featured at the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series, Washington (DC) Performing Arts Society series at JFK Center, and many jazz festivals around the world. In 1995, he received an NEA Fellowship to perform his own works in a series of concerts in New York City. Throughout the 90s, he performed with and composed for his quartet with Rich Perry, Scott Colley, and Jeff Hirshfield.

More recently, he has led a trio with Michael Formanek or Jay Anderson and Jeff Hirshfield. Harold is well documented on more than thirty CDs with these groups and others on the SteepleChase label, and has won ASCAP awards yearly since the early 80s for his catalog of original compositions.