Eddie Daniels

Eddie was first discovered by jazz audiences as a tenor-saxophonist in the Thad Jones Mel Lewis Orchestra. Eddie was one the first musicians to call when Thad and Mel set up their band in 1966 for Monday night performances at the Village Vanguard in New York. He spent $400 on a round-trip ticket to Vienna in order to enter the International Competition for Modern Jazz. This contest was sponsored by the city and organized by Fredrich Gulda, the pianist. He won the first prize for saxophone. Over the next few years, he continued to work with Thad and Mel and toured extensively Europe with them. He won Downbeat Magazine’s International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award for his single clarinet solo, “Live At the Village Vanguard”, which he recorded with the Thad and Mel Lewis orchestras. Eddie started clarinet at the age of 13 and earned his Masters in Clarinet through Juilliard. Eddie Daniels was a pioneer in the mixing of jazz and classical music, winning numerous Grammy nominations and awards. Eddie Daniels is a renaissance musician. He is a virtuoso of jazz and classical music and has received unreserved praises from his peers as well as critics and the general public. Eddie’s main goal is to reach as many people possible with his music. He wants to expand the audience for jazz and classical music while tearing down any barriers that separate them. Eddie can make Mozart’s music as entertaining as Charlie Parker’s, and concert that features both can be an unforgettable experience for the crowd. You can also submit user-contributed text under the Creative Commons By–SA License.

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