Eddie Daniels

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Eddie Daniels
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Jazz clarinetist Eddie Daniels performing live in concert in New Haven, CT on September 14, 2007.
Background information
Born (1941-10-19) October 19, 1941 (age 73)
Origin New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres Jazz
Instruments Clarinet, saxophones, flute, piccolo
Years active 1950s–present

Eddie Daniels (born October 19, 1941) is an American musician and composer. Although he is best known as a jazz clarinet player, he has also played alto and tenor saxophones, as well as classical music on the clarinet.


Daniels was born in New York City to a Jewish family, and his mother emigrated from Romania.[1] He was raised in the Manhattan Beach neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He became interested in jazz as a teenager when he was impressed by the musicians accompanying singers, such as Frank Sinatra, on recordings. Daniels' first instrument was the alto saxophone, and by the age of 15 he had played at the Newport Jazz Festival youth competition.[2] At the age of 13, he was also playing clarinet.

Daniels has toured and recorded with a variety of bands, small groups and orchestras, and appeared on television many times. Since the 1980s, he has focused mainly on the clarinet. In 1989, he won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the Roger Kellaway arrangement of Memos from Paradise. He has also played with artists such as Freddie Hubbard(1969), Richard Davis, Don Patterson, and Bucky Pizzarelli.

Early on, Eddie Daniels played with The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra,[2] and most recently has been featured as a guest artist with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, on the album Swingin' For The Fences, the first album by the band. He featured in Goodwin's arrangement of Mozart's 40th symphony in G minor on XXL, and on the Big Phat Band's album The Phat Pack on "Under The Wire".

In 2009 the Swiss composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder composed a Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra called MATRIX 21 for Eddie Daniels and dedicated it to him. It was commissioned by the Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne (Switzerland) and world-premiered in Lausanne under its artistic director Christian Zacharias in January 2010. The American premiere took place at the Crested Butte Music Festival on July 18, 2010, under the direction of music director Jens Georg Bachmann.


As leader[edit]

As sideman[edit]

With George Benson and Joe Farrell

With Richard Davis

With Johnny Hammond

With Billy Joel

With Yusef Lateef

With Airto Moreira

With Don Patterson

With Dave Pike


  1. ^ Sorin Tudor (November 10, 2010). "Eddie Daniels: Mama mea este românca!" (in Romanian). webcultura.ro. Retrieved 2010-12-15. 
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Eddie Daniels: Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-12-12.