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Danny Grissett

Head of Keyboard Instruments (Education)
Artistic Major(s): Piano


  • California State University, Dominguez Hills
  • CalArts / California Institute of Arts, Santa Clarita
  • Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance Los Angeles

Work Experience

  • Cooperation with Billy Higgins, John Heard, Roy McCurdy, Barry Harris, Billy Childs and Buster Williams
  • As a Sideman: Nicholas Payton, Benny Golson, Russell Malone, Vanessa Rubin, Vincent Herring, Louis Hayes, Lenny White, Lage Lund and Marcus Strickland
  • Since 2006 permanent member of the bands of Jeremy Pelt and Tom Harrell

CD Publications (Discography)

  • As the manager: Promise - Criss Cross, 2006; Encounters - Criss Cross, 2008; Form - Criss Cross, 2009; Stride - Criss Cross, 2011
  • As a sideman: Number Five - Tom Harrell, High Note, 2012; Soul - Jeremy Pelt, High Note, 2012; Milo’s Songs - Anne Mette Iversen, 2011; Roman Nights - Tom Harrell, High Note, 2010; Men of Honor - Jeremy Pelt, High Note, 2010; I’m Still Here - Kiyoshi Kitagawa, Sawano, 2009; Early Songs - Lage Lund, Criss Cross, 2008; Gifts and Givers - Jimmy Greene, Criss Cross, 2007; Ends and Means - Vincent Herring, High Note, 2004

Teaching & Research

  • JAM MUSIC LAB - Conservatory for Jazz and Popular Music Vienna, since 2012
  • Visiting Artist in Residence, November 2011, Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY
  • Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Piano Lessons, 2005 to 2012, New School University, New York, NY
  • Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Ensemble, September 2001 to May 2003, California State University, Dominguez Hills, Carson, CA
  • Visiting Artist in Residence, September 2000 to May 2001, California State University Dominguez, Hills, Carson, CA
  • Artist in Residence, March 2007, La Guardia High School, New York, NY
  • Master Class Presenter, November 2007, Saratoga College, Saratoga, NY
  • Graduate Assistant, September 1998 to May 2000, CalArts, Santa Clarita, CA

Publications about Danny Grissett

  • Downbeat Magazine: Danny Grissett, Leader’s Languages – Article by Ted Panken, April 2010
  • Invention, Design, Technique in Two Bars - Article by Michael Leibson, April 2010, Analysis of several beats from a solo about his original composition Waltz for Billy.


Publications and Achievements