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Over the past decade, jazz pianist and Origin Records recording artist Danny Green has earned recognition as a bandleader and as a composer with a gift for spinning supple, absorbing narratives. Green’s growing portfolio of vibrant sounds – an enchanting mix of jazz, classical, and Brazilian rhythms – has captured the attention of critics around the world, including DownBeat Magazine, Jazziz, San Diego Union Tribune, the Boston Globe, and Public Radio International.

It’s no small wonder that Green hasearned two San Diego Music awards for Best Jazz Album and an additional award for Best Jazz Artist. His long-time trio includes bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm, noteworthy musicians in their own right, and together they have developed a nearly psychic connection as they perform Green’s original compositions and jazz standards. Green takes listeners on a journey that is equal parts introspective and exuberant, and always compelling.

Since its formation in 2010, the trio has performed at notable venues, series, and festivals across the county, including the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest, the Telluride Jazz Festival, Rockwood Music Hall (NYC), The Blue Whale (Los Angeles), KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live (San Diego), CSU Summer Arts Monterey (residency), the Integrity Jazz Festival (Minot, ND), Frankie's Jazz Club (Vancouver), The Sound Room (Oakland), Tula’s Jazz Club (Seattle), and An Die Musik Live! (Baltimore).


"The Trio displays admiral cohesion. The pieces often flow, and there can be a natural, unforced quality to Green’s writing."

 -DownBeat Magazine

"One of the outstanding performances you will ever hear in terms of chamber-jazz. The lyrical and melodic original compositions performed were nothing short of a tour-de-force. Danny Green is one of the most innovative pianists emerging on the national scene today."

 -Jazz Buffalo


With You in Mind (2009)

A Thousand Ways Home (2012)

After the Calm (2014)

Altered Narratives (2016)
One Day It Will (2018)


  • 2018 Best Jazz Artist - San Diego Music Awards

  • 2015 Best Jazz Album (After The Calm) – San Diego Music Awards

  • 2013 Alumni To Watch – San Diego State University, Music Department

  • 2011 Outstanding Graduate Student in Performance – San Diego State University

  • 2009 Best Jazz Album (With You In Mind) – San Diego Music Awards

  • 2004 Cheatham Prize – University of California San Diego

Click HERE for information on outreach opportunities with the Danny Green Trio.
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