DANNY GREEN TRIO PLUS STRINGS
Known for his melodically charged sensibility as a band leader, jazz pianist Danny Green takes his music to new heights by partnering his award winning trio with string ensembles. His original compositions – a vivid blend of jazz, classical, and Brazilian elements – delight critics and audiences across the country and around the world.
According to All About Jazz, Danny Green is “a writer of gorgeous and engaging tunes, and a first rate pianist leading a distinctively interactive trio.” Formed in 2010, Green’s trio features bassist Justin Grinnell and drummer Julien Cantelm.
Green first began pairing his trio with strings on his 2016 release, Altered Narratives. Inspired by the sonic possibilities, Green continued writing music for trio plus strings and began performing it nationwide. “The piano trio and the string quartet are integrated beautifully,” noted jazz critic Rick Anderson. “Green has written utterly beautiful pieces that sometimes swing, sometimes float, and always shimmer with multicolored light.”
The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings released its first full length album, One Day It Will, in 2018. The album features San Diego Symphony violinists Kate Hatmaker and Igor Pandurski, violist Travis Maril, and cellist Erica Erenyi. One Day It Will was featured in DownBeat Magazine, Jazz Weekly (selected as “Ringer of the Week”), CD Hotlist (selected as “Pick of the Month”), The New York City Jazz Record, Mercury News, and Long Islander News, among many other press outlets. Jazz da Gama called the album, “one to die for.” The album remained on the Jazz Week Top 50 charts for five weeks and was featured multiple times on Public Radio International’s nationally syndicated Jazz After Hours.
Green has brought his Trio Plus Strings to venues throughout the United States. The group debuted in 2016 at New York City’s Shapeshifter Lab, and since then has maintained a steady performance schedule, including shows at Huntington Summer Arts Festival (NY), TEDxSan Diego at Copley Symphony Hall, KSDS Jazz 88.3’s Jazz Live (San Diego), Portola Vineyards Summer Jazz Series (Los Altos, CA), The Blue Whale (Los Angeles), An Die Musik Live! (Baltimore), and Rockwood Music Hall (NYC). The Danny Green Trio Plus Strings was selected to perform at the prestigious Western Arts Alliance Juried Showcase in 2017. Frequently collaborating with string quartets in cities across the U.S., in summer 2019 the Trio appears at the Telluride Jazz Festival in partnership with a string quartet from the Telluride Chamber Music Festival.
Green’s eloquent eclecticism – a gift that includes writing anything from celebratory blues to meditative reflections to composing for a string quartet – illuminates his sparkling new trio release, Altered Narratives.
Green’s acuity for string writing and the seamless integration of the quartet and the improvising trio were nothing short of sterling.
-NBC San Diego
Danny’s concert was wonderful. The outreach program at USDAN went really well from my perspective and I think also from USDAN’s perspective. Danny and his bandmates Justin and Julien were great in the workshop with the advanced jazz ensemble students. I thoroughly enjoyed the full performance and felt the program was very engaging, accessible and melodic.
Performing Arts Director
Huntington Arts Council