Eddie Daniels

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Eddie Daniels
Eddie Daniels in concert, New Haven, Connecticut, September 14, 2007
Eddie Daniels in concert, New Haven, Connecticut, September 14, 2007
Background information
Born (1941-10-19) October 19, 1941 (age 78)
New York City
GenresJazz, classical
InstrumentsClarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Flute
Years active1950s–present
LabelsPrestige, Columbia, Candid, Muse, GRP, Chesky, Shanachie
Associated actsThe Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

Eddie Daniels (born October 19, 1941) is an American musician and composer. Although he is best known as a jazz clarinetist, he has also played saxophone and flute as well as classical music on 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, at the age of 13 he was also playing clarinet, and by the age of 15 he had played at the Newport Jazz Festival youth competition.[2]

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 Richard Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Don Patterson, and Bucky Pizzarelli. For six years, Daniels was a member of The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra.[2]

He worked with Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, on the album Swingin' for the Fences, the first album by the band. He was 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.

In 2009, Swiss composer and saxophonist Daniel Schnyder composed a Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra called MATRIX 21 for 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]

  • 1966 First Prize! (Prestige)
  • 1968 This Is New (Columbia)
  • 1973 Flower for All Seasons (Choice)
  • 1973 Blue Bossa (Candid)
  • 1977 Brief Encounter (Muse)
  • 1978 Morning Thunder (Columbia)
  • 1986 Breakthrough (GRP)
  • 1987 To Bird with Love (GRP)
  • 1988 Memos from Paradise (GRP)
  • 1989 Blackwood (GRP)
  • 1990 Nepenthe (GRP)
  • 1991 This Is Now (GRP)
  • 1992 Benny Rides Again (GRP)
  • 1993 Brahms: Clarinet Quintet, Op. 115 (Reference)
  • 1993 Under the Influence (GRP)
  • 1994 Real Time (Chesky)
  • 1995 The Five Seasons (Shanachie)
  • 1997 Beautiful Love (Shanachie)
  • 1999 Blues for Sabine (EMI)
  • 2000 Swing Low Sweet Clarinet (Shanachie)
  • 2004 Crossing the Line (Summit)
  • 2005 Mean What You Say (IPO)
  • 2006 Beautiful Love (Shanachie)
  • 2007 Homecoming: Eddie Daniels Live at the Iridium (IPO)
  • 2009 A Duet of One (IPO)
  • 2012 Live at the Library of Congress (IPO)
  • 2013 Duke at the Roadhouse: Live in Santa Fe (IPO)
  • 2017 Just Friends: Live at the Village Vangaurd (Resonance)
  • 2018 Heart of Brazil (Resonance) [3]
  • 2020 Night Kisses (Resonance)

As sideman[edit]

With The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra

With Bob James

With Freddie Hubbard

With Eric Gale

  • 1977 Ginseng Woman
  • 1978 Multiplication
  • 1979 Part of You

With Jimmy McGriff

With Billy Joel

With Dave Grusin

With Don Sebesky

  • 1984 Moving Lines
  • 1998 I Remember Bill

With Arturo Sandoval

With others


  1. ^ Sorin Tudor (November 10, 2010). "Eddie Daniels: Mama mea este românca!" (in Romanian). webcultura.ro. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, Scott. "Eddie Daniels: Biography". allmusic. Retrieved December 12, 2010.
  3. ^ "Eddie Daniels | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2016.
  4. ^ "Eddie Daniels | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved December 26, 2016.