Danny Bank

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Daniel Bernard Bank (July 17, 1922 – June 5, 2010) was an American jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist. He is credited on some releases as Danny Banks.

He was born on July 17, 1922. Early in his career Bank played with Charlie Barnet (1942–1944), and would return to play with him repeatedly over the next few decades. He played with Benny Goodman, Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Artie Shaw and Paul Whiteman in the 1940s. Following this he recorded with Charlie Parker, Rex Stewart, the Sauter-Finegan Orchestra, Johnny Hodges, Urbie Green, Clifford Brown and Helen Merrill, Art Farmer, Wes Montgomery, Quincy Jones, Jimmy Smith, Chico O’Farrill, Betty Carter, Ray Charles, and Tony Fruscella.

Bank is best known for his association with Miles Davis in Gil Evans's orchestra; Bank played bass clarinet on the albums Miles Ahead, Sketches of Spain and Porgy and Bess. He played with Davis on his 1961 Carnegie Hall concert. Later in the 1960s he recorded with the big bands of Charles Mingus, Sonny Rollins, and Stanley Turrentine.

Bank died on June 5, 2010.


As sideman[edit]

With Louis Armstrong

With Bob Brookmeyer

With Benny Carter

With Miles Davis

With Art Farmer

With Maynard Ferguson

With Dizzy Gillespie

With Benny Golson

With Urbie Green

With Chico Hamilton

With Coleman Hawkins

With Jimmy Heath

With Johnny Hodges

With Milt Jackson

With J. J. Johnson

With Quincy Jones

With Eric Kloss

With Irene Kral

With Junior Mance

With Herbie Mann

With Howard McGhee

With Charles Mingus

With Milton Nascimento

With Oliver Nelson

With Charlie Parker

With Oscar Pettiford

With Lalo Schifrin and Bob Brookmeyer

With Shirley Scott

With Jimmy Smith

With Walter Wanderley

With Ben Webster

With Randy Weston

With Kai Winding