Danny Gottlieb

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Danny Gottlieb
Birth nameDaniel Richard Gottlieb
Born (1953-04-18) April 18, 1953 (age 70)
New York City, United States
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, rock, pop
Occupation(s)Musician, educator
Instrument(s)Drums, percussion
Years active1976–present
LabelsAntilles, BMG, Wavetone, Atlantic, Nicolosi

Daniel Richard Gottlieb (born April 18, 1953) is an American drummer. He was a founding member of the Pat Metheny Group and was co-founder of Elements with Mark Egan.


Gottlieb was born in New York City on April 18, 1953.[1] He took lessons from Mel Lewis and Joe Morello and graduated from the University of Miami in 1975.[1] Morello was his lifelong teacher, beginning in 1968 and through the late 1990s.[1] He became a member of the Gary Burton Quartet in 1976 with Pat Metheny.[2] He was one of the original members of The Pat Metheny Group from 1977 to 1983.[2] Bassist Mark Egan was also in Metheny's first group.[1] Egan and Gottlieb formed the band Elements.[1]

In 1982, Gottlieb toured with Flora Purim and Airto Moreira.[1] Gottlieb played with singer Michael Franks in 1983, and the following year toured with trumpeter Randy Brecker and saxophonist Stan Getz.[1] He was, for a short time in 1984, a member of the Mahavishnu Orchestra led by guitarist John McLaughlin.[2] He was also part of the band Second Story Television in 1985[3] and was a regular member of Gil Evans' orchestra from 1986 until Evans died two years later.[1]

"From 1991 Gottlieb made a number of visits to Germany to perform with the WDR Big Band in collaboration with Bob Brookmeyer, George Gruntz, and Dino Saluzzi."[1] In the mid-1990s he was part of less jazz-oriented and more vocal-based performances: Booker T. & the M.G.'s, and accompanying The Manhattan Transfer.[1]

Gottlieb is currently on faculty at the University of North Florida School of Music and performs with the Lt. Dan Band.[4]



  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Will, Patrick; Kernfeld, Barry (2002). Kernfeld, Barry (ed.). The New Grove Dictionary of Jazz. Vol. 2 (2nd ed.). New York: Grove's Dictionaries Inc. p. 73. ISBN 1-56159-284-6.
  2. ^ a b c Yanow, Scott. "Danny Gottlieb". AllMusic. Retrieved March 9, 2020.
  3. ^ "Billboard Magazine May 25, 1985 (Page 37)". 25 May 1985. Retrieved October 17, 2020.
  4. ^ "UNF - COAS: Music - Danny Gottlieb".