Averaging almost two hundred performances every year for the past thirty years, Danny Gottlieb–original drummer with The Pat Metheny Group–continues to be an in-demand jazz drummer both in the US and in Europe. Danny can be heard on Mark Egan’s new recording, As We Speak, and he played eleven gigs in as many days last September to promote the album. Gottlieb is also featured on new recordings by The Mel Bay 3 (Jazz Hits, Vol. 1), Swiss composer George Gruntz (Tiger By The Tail), Swedish pianist Per Danielson (Trio), German sax player Lutz Buchner (Ring), and keyboardist Pete Levin (Deacon Blues). And the list goes on and on.
Since 2005, Danny and his wife, Beth (who’s also a percussionist) have been featured members of Gary Sinise’s twelve-piece Lt. Dan Band. They’ve played benefits and concerts for the troops as well as veterans, and they even appeared at the CSI NY studio party in Los Angeles. The Gottliebs also performed together for the EPCOT Christmas Show in Orlando, Florida (where they live), and continue to give percussion concerts as The Gottlieb Duo.
Beyond his busy playing schedule, Gottlieb is a full-time assistant professor of jazz studies at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville. He also teaches private lessons at Rollins College in Winter Park. Current projects include seven instructional DVDs from Mel Bay and three instructional DVDs featuring lessons with Joe Morello. To keep up with Danny’s hectic schedule, visit facebook.com/danny.gottlieb.5.
Lauren Vogel Weiss