Harold Danko is well recognized from long-term associations with jazz legends such as Chet Baker, Gerry Mulligan, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Lee Konitz and Woody Herman, in performances at major jazz venues throughout the world as well as on recordings, television and video.
During the last two decades he has become increasingly known as a band leader, composer, and solo pianist, and is well documented in those capacities on more than thirty CDs on the SteepleChase and SunnySide labels.
As a leader he has been featured at the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Lincoln Center’s “Meet the Artist” series, Washington DC Performing Arts Society series at J.F.K. Center, and numerous jazz festivals both in the USA and abroad. Throughout the 1990's he performed with and composed for his quartet with Rich Perry (tenor saxophone), Scott Colley (bass) and Jeff Hirshfield (drums), and in 1995 received an NEA Fellowship to perform his own works in a series of concerts in New York City.
More recently he has led a trio with Hirshfield and Michael Formanek or Jay Anderson (bass) in addition to adapting many of his compositions for solo piano performance. His latest trio CD is “Unriched” on SteepleChase. Harold has won ASCAP awards yearly since the early 80's for his catalog of original compositions.
Professor Danko has been on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, since 1998 and served as Jazz Studies Chair from 2002 2011.
Prior to his appointment at Eastman he served on the faculties of the Manhattan School of Music, the New School/Mannes, Hartt College, and other institutions. He recently returned from a professional leave of absence during which he taught and performed in Taiwan, Italy, and Switzerland, in addition to work on two new recording projects.
Harold Danko – piano
Joe La Barbera – drums
Tom Warrington – bass