Danny Gottlieb

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Danny Gottlieb
Birth nameDaniel Richard Gottlieb
Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 65)
New York City, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, rock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Years active1976–present
LabelsAntilles, BMG, Wavetone, Atlantic, Nicolosi
Associated actsPat Metheny Group, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Elements, Gil Evans Orchestra, Lt. Dan Band , Jeff Berlin

Danny Gottlieb (born April 18, 1953) is an American 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 14 Grammy Award 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.[citation needed]


Daniel Richard Gottlieb was born in New York. He took lessons from Mel Lewis and Joe Morello and graduated from the University of Miami in 1975. Morello was his lifelong teacher, beginning in 1968 and through the late 1990s. Gottlieb also studied with Ed Soph, Bob Moses, Gary Chester, Jack DeJohnette, and Harold Jones. He became a member of the Gary Burton Quartet in 1976 with Pat Metheny, and then was one of the original members of The Pat Metheny Group from 1977–1983. Bassist Mark Egan was also in Metheny's first group. Egan and Gottlieb formed the band Elements.[1] In 1984 he was a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra led by guitarist John McLaughlin.[2]

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

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



  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.
  2. ^ Yanow, Scott. "Danny Gottlieb". AllMusic. Retrieved 23 December 2016.

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