Danny Gottlieb

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Danny Gottlieb
Drummer - Jazz, jazz fusion

Bands: Pat Metheny Group, the Mahavishnu Orchestra, Gil Evans Orchestra

Drumsticks: Hot Sticks

Danny Gottlieb (born April 18, 1953) is a freelance drummer who has performed as part of the Pat Metheny Group, the Mahavishnu Orchestra,and the Gil Evans Orchestra. He and his percussionist wife Beth have been a members of Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band since 2004. He has been performed on more than 400 cds, including 9 Grammy nominations, resulting in 4 Grammy Award winners. He is a Nashville resident who is also a member of the University of North Florida jazz faculty, where he teaches as a full-time Professor of Jazz Studies.


Danny graduated from the University of Miami in 1975. He has studied privately with Joe Morello, Mel Lewis, Gary Chester, Bob Moses, Ed Soph, Jack DeJohnette.

Danny has worked with the following ensembles: Jeff Berlin Trio; Gary Burton Quartet; Stan Getz Quintet; Pat Metheny Group; Gil Evans Orchestra; Bobby McFerrin Trio; Eddie Gómez Group; Michael Franks Band; John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra; Al Di Meola Project; Mike Stern Trio; Manhattan Jazz Quintet; Manhattan Jazz Orchestra: GRP Big Band; Vanguard Jazz Orchestra; Joe Beck Trio; Lew Soloff Food Group; George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band; WDR Big Band; NDR Big Band;(HR Big Band);(GRP Big Band); Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra; Tip Toe Jazz Orchestra; Randy Brecker Quartet; Neenah Freelon Group; the Blues Brothers Band; Booker T and the MG's; Jazz is Dead; Pete Levin Trio; Ali Ryerson-Joe Beck Group; Joanne Brackeen Quartet; Bobby Rydell; Joe Farrell Quintet; Andy Laverne Quintet; Jacqui Naylor Band; Fritz Renold Friends; Haru Trio; Knut Varnes Group; Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra; Loren Schoenberg big band; Airto and Flora Purim Group; Chuck Owen Jazz Surge; Jack Wilkins Group, and many more...

Danny performed or recorded with: Sting, David Byrne, Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, Jim Hall, Miroslav Vitous, Wayne Shorter, Larry Coryell, Kenny Barron, Rufus Reid, Branford Marsalis, Hiram Bullock, Bill Evans, Nana Vasconcellos, Trilok Gurtu, Dino Saluzzi, Mark Murphy, Chris Conner, Mike Abene, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Ernie Wilkins, Mike Wolff, Badal Roy, Hubert Laws, Mike Richmond, John Scofield, Jeff Richman, Alain Caron, Russell Ferrante, Jimmy Haslip, Ken Serio, Nguyên Lê and many more.

As mentioned, Danny Gottlieb appears on over 400 CDs to date, including four Grammy winners. As a leader, Danny has five CDs under his own name, nine as co-leader of Elements, with Mark Egan; two as co-leader with Pete Levin, and three as co-leader of the Contempo trio, with Mark Soskin and Chip Jackson. A full list is available at his website (dannygottlieb.org)

He is currently the drummer for Gary Sinise's Lt. Dan Band.(2004–present). He also co-leads the fusion band Elements with former Metheny bassist, Mark Egan, and often performs duo concerts with his percussionist wife, Beth Gottlieb.

Gottlieb is a clinician/endorser for Zildjian, Remo, DW Drums and Hardware (Westheimer Corp.), Hot Sticks, Regal Tip Brushes, Hammerax Percussion, Eames Drum Shells, LP Percussion, Rhythm Tech Percussion,(Alternate mode Products), (Humes and Berg Cases), (Hudson Music), (Mark Electronic Drums), .

He has 12 educational DVDs, the most recent being Drumming Masterclass from True Fire; 2 from Homespun; 9 other titles available from the Mel Bay Company (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Jazz Drums; Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced Rock Drums; and three with his teacher, the legendary Joe Morello "Natural Drumming"(vol 1-3, Mel Bay).

In 2011, Danny authored a text, The Evolution of Jazz Drumming (Hudson) and it continues to be a best seller and used widely in Universities around the world. It was #1 at Amazon in Percussion song Book sales for many weeks.It was influenced by the Mel Lewis interviews done by NY Jazz Museum director Loren Shoenberg, and those interviews can be accessed through Danny's website (dannygottlieb.org) or through the Percussive Arts Society website.

Gottlieb currently is a full Professor of jazz drumset and jazz studies at the University of North Florida, in Jacksonville, Florida. His wife Beth, a Nashville based live and recording performer, is the percussionist with Gary Sinise's group. (garysinisefoundation.org)

Danny Gottlieb Drumstick Collection

Current Drumstick Count in Collection: 4.

(xxxx) Danny Gottlieb - Hot Sticks drumstick (not in collection yet).
(xxxx) Danny Gottlieb - Hot Sticks drumsticks (not in collection yet).
(0710-0711) Danny Gottlieb - autographed, Hot Sticks drumsticks.