Danny Gottlieb

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Danny Gottlieb
Birth nameDaniel Richard Gottlieb
Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 66)
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. He is probably best known as the original drummer of 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 also toured and recorded with the Blues Brothers Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, and the WDR, NDR, SWR, and HR Radio bands of Germany. In 2004 he became the drummer for Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band. Gottlieb 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.


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 was featured on Burton's recording "Passengers". He 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 1982, Gottlieb and Egan toured with Flora Purim and Airto Moreira, and Gottlieb helped Moreira compile and release a book, titled The Spirt of Percussion. In 1983, Gottlieb and Egan toured and recorded with trumpeter Randy Brecker and pianist Eliane Elias, and in 1984 toured with singer Michael Franks. From 1984 to 1986, he was a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra led by guitarist John McLaughlin.The group recorded one studio album, Adventures in Radioland; a live DVD of a performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival was released in 2007. [2]

In 1986, Gottlieb toured and recorded with guitarist Al Di Meola and joined Mark Egan as members of the Gil Evans Orchestra. In 1987, Gottlieb and Egan performed with Gil Evans and Sting at the Perugia Jazz Festival in a band that featured George Adams, Tom Malone, Branford Marsalis, Hiram Bullock, Pete Levin, and Gil Goldstein. Gottlieb continued performing with Gil Evans until his death in 1988.

Gottlieb toured and recorded with the Blues Brothers Band, and performed and recorded with Booker T and The MG's. Gottlieb also toured frequently in Europe with a variety of groups and artists including Jeff Berlin, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, Nguyen Le, and the WDR and NDR Big Bands.[citation needed]

In 2004, Gottlieb and his wife Beth, a percussionist, joined Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band. The band has performed more than 400 fund-raising concerts world-wide for the Gary Sinise Foundation and Military Charities.

In 2005, Gottlieb became a full-time faculty member of the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, a program started by Jazz Clinician and Euphonium virtuoso, Rich Matteson. The two had first met in 1970, when Gottlieb was a member of the 1970 Mideast All-Star High School Jazz band, and Matteson was the guest clinician. Gottlieb is now a full-professor of Jazz Studies.

In 2006, Gottlieb performed and recorded with bassist Jack Bruce and the HR Big Band, arranged and conducted by Jurg Achem Keller. A DVD and recording were released .

Gottlieb has also recorded and performed with arranger Chuck Owen's big band, "The Jazz Surge". In 2017, the group was nominated for 3 Grammy Awards and for 4 Grammy Awards in 2018.

In 2019, Gottlieb co-authored a textbook with teacher and mentor Harold Jones, featuring transcriptions of in the style of Jones's performances with Count Basie tiled Harold Jones Interpretation of Big Band Swing).Gottlieb has also released the textbook The Evolution of Jazz Drums, and 10 educational DVD's three of which feature his teacher, Joe Morello.

Through a UNF Foundation grant, Gottlieb created a jazz archive in the Carpenter Library, and has archived the works of concert promoter Jack Kleinsinger, and department founder Rich Matteson. The Kleinsinger collection features more than 300 of Kleinsinger's concerts, with audio, photos, and video interviews. It archives the longest running continuous jazz series in the history of New York. Kleinsinger donated all of his original concert tapes to UNF, and in 2016 received an honorary doctorate for his donation.

The Matteson collection contains more than 400 live concerts tapes from the Rich Matteson collection, and also features 40 live radio shows presented on Jacksonville Public Radio, 1988-1991. 3 of the broadcasts can be accessed through UNF Digital Commons/ Matteson.



  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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