Harold Danko
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An underrated but consistently creative modern jazz pianist, Harold Danko has been an asset to many sessions through the years.

He graduated from Youngstown State University and played in big bands led by Chet Baker, Woody Herman, and Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, plus the combos of Gerry Mulligan and Lee Konitz and with his own groups.

Danko, who has been on the faculty of the Manhattan School of Music and the New School, often teamed up with tenor saxophonist Rich Perry in the 1990s. He has recorded as a leader for Inner City, Dreamstreet, Sunnyside, and SteepleChase.
~ Scott Yanow, All Music Guide


Harold Danko, Eastman Professor of Jazz Piano Selected for Bridging Fellows Program

Harold Danko, Professor of Jazz Piano and Chair of the Department of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School- of Music of the University of-Rochester, has been selected by University of Rochester Provost Charles Phelps to take part in the Bridging Fellows program, a unique opportunity for scholars to step away from their area of expertise and try new academic ventures.
“I have often called myself a linguistics buff,” says Danko. “I’m fascinated with the rhythms and cadence of conversational speech, and the sounds made by the human speaking voice, without regard to any specific language.” So when he met Professor Joyce McDonough, chair of the University’s
Department of Linguistics and an avid jazz fan, Danko proposed to study the expressive function of rhythm in language and music at the University’s own Department of Linguistics.
This program will enable MeDonough and Danko, together with students in Phonetics and Phonology classes, to examine elements ofjazz improvisation on their way to increased understanding of how rhythms, intonation, and inflections work in both conversational and jazz improvisation. Danko will spend part time during the fall and spring semesters on this project, capping it off with a performance work in the spring of 2007 created with students of linguistics and jazz.
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, - August 2006     Read the full article

Harold Danko: Fabulous Jazz Player from famous big bands

Harold Danko is of the last generation of fabulous jazz players who came up through famous \"name\" big bands. For Harold, it was Woody Herman and the Thundering Herd, the Thad Jones and Mel Lewis Orchestra, and the Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band.

Mark Polishook, Mark Polishook studio - November 2013     Read the full article


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