Danny Gottlieb

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Danny Gottlieb
Birth name Daniel Richard Gottlieb
Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 63)
New York
Genres Jazz, jazz fusion, rock, pop
Occupation(s) Musician, educator
Instruments Drums
Years active 1976–present
Labels Antilles, BMG, Wavetone, Atlantic, Nicolosi
Associated acts Pat Metheny Group, Elements, Gil Evans Orchestra, Lt. Dan Band

Danny Gottlieb (born April 18, 1953) is an American freelance drummer. In 2004 he became the drummer for Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band. He is also known for his time with the Pat Metheny Group, as co-founder of the group Elements with Mark Egan, and as a member of the Gil Evans Orchestra until Evans's death in 1988. He has performed on over 400 albums, earning nine Grammy nominations and four wins. He is a member of the University of North Florida faculty, where he teaches as a full-time Professor of Jazz Studies.

Gottlieb has made over ten instructional DVDs, including Drumming Masterclass and, with Joe Morello, Natural Drumming (vol. 1–3, Mel Bay). He wrote the textbook The Evolution of Jazz Drumming, which was influenced by interviews done with Mel Lewis by Loren Schoenberg, director of the New York Jazz Museum.


Daniel Richard Gottlieb was born in New York. He took lessons from Joe Morello and Mel Lewis and graduated from the University of Miami in 1975. Joe Morello was his lifelong teacher, beginning in 1968 and through the late 1990s. He became a member of the Gary Burton Quartet in 1976 with Pat Metheny, and then was part of The Pat Metheny Group until 1983 when bassist Mark Egan belonged to it. With Egan he created the group Elements.[1]

Gottlieb has worked with the following ensembles: Jeff Berlin Trio; Stan Getz Quintet; Gil Evans Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin Trio; Eddie Gómez Group; Michael Franks Band; Mahavishnu Orchestra; Al Di Meola Project; Mike Stern Trio; Manhattan Jazz Quintet; GRP All-Star Big Band; Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; Joe Beck Trio; Lew Soloff Food Group; George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band; WDR Big Band; NDR Big Band; HR Big Band; Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra; Tip Toe Jazz Orchestra; Randy Brecker Quartet; Nnenna Freelon Group; the Blues Brothers Band; Booker T and the MG's; Jazz is Dead; Pete Levin Trio; Ali Ryerson-Joe Beck Group; Joanne Brackeen Quartet; Bobby Rydell; Joe Farrell Quintet; Andy Laverne Quintet; Jacqui Naylor Band; Fritz Renold Friends; Haru Trio; Knut Varnes Group; Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra; Loren Schoenberg big band; Airto and Flora Purim Group; Chuck Owen Jazz Surge; and Jack Wilkins

Gottlieb performed or recorded with Sting, David Byrne, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jim Hall, Miroslav Vitous, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Branford Marsalis, Hiram Bullock, Bill Evans, Naná Vasconcelos, Trilok Gurtu, Dino Saluzzi, Mark Murphy, Chris Conner, Mike Abene, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Ernie Wilkins, Mike Wolff, Badal Roy, Hubert Laws, Mike Richmond, John Scofield, Jeff Richman, Alain Caron, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Ken Serio, Nguyên Lê.



  1. ^ Will, Patrick; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Kernfeld, Barry, ed. The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 73. ISBN 1-56159-284-6. 

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