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Jazzy Nights Music Series Presents:

Danny Sinoff

& Friends

Generously underwritten by Alexandra Bremner in loving memory of Eunice Bremner

Friday, March 8th, 2024

6:30pm Cocktails | 7:30pm Concert

SBDAC’s Grand Atrium

General Admission | $45

General Admission Day Of | $50

Student Tickets  | $10

Table of 4 | $225

Table of 8 | $450

*Student tickets must be purchased at the box office with student ID

*General Admission = First come, first served seating

Call Box Office for more information


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About Danny Sinoff: 

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Danny Sinoff began private classical piano lessons at the young age of four years old. When he was eleven, he moved with his family to Naples, FL, and continued his classical studies, going on to win local and regional piano competitions and later getting his first gig at the age of 13.

When he was 14, his father gave him a Harry Connick Jr. CD along with a Bobby Darin compilation and Danny fell instantly in love with the power of a swinging Big Band and the singing and interpretation of the Great American Songbook, later discovering bebop and modern jazz. Soon after, he realized that being a musician was what he wanted to do for the rest of his life.  

After spending some time at Boston’s Berklee College of Music in 2000, Danny returned to Southwest Florida and began gigging full time in the region, most notably leading a group with the late great trumpeter Dan Miller (Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Tom Jones and Woody Herman) at Ellington’s Jazz Club on Sanibel Island and fully establishing himself as a singer, pianist and strong trio and quartet leader in the SWFL jazz scene. 

Danny has performed and recorded with David “Fathead” Newman (Ray Charles), The Brubeck Brothers, Jimmy McGriff, Russell Hall, Kyle Poole, Sweet Georgia Brown, Martina DaSilva, Deborah Bowman, Russell Malone, Paul Bollenback, Joe Farnsworth, Herlin Riley, Akiko Tsuruga, Joe Magnarelli, Hubert Laws, Harry Connick Jr. bassists Ben Wolfe, Neal Caine and tenor saxophonist Jerry Weldon. Danny has also shared the stage many a night with the great tenor saxophonist Lew Del Gatto, a 30-year veteran of NBC’s Saturday Night Live band. Del Gatto performed as a regular part of the Danny Sinoff Quartet on numerous Saturdays at The Roadhouse Cafe in Fort Myers, FL.

Danny’s vocal influences include Harry Connick Jr., Frank Sinatra, Nat Cole and Freddy Cole, Blossom Dearie, Shirley Horne, Bobby Darin and Tony Bennett. His piano influences include Oscar Peterson, Barry Harris, Ahmad Jamal, Harry Connick Jr., Eric Reed, Bill Charlap, Cedar Walton, Gene Harris, Mulgrew Miller and Benny Green.

Aside from performing all over Florida for over 20 years, Danny has performed in New York City at The Cutting Room, Smoke, BB King’s, Triad, Minton’s and The Alhambra Ballroom, as well as the Syracuse Jazz Festival, the Adirondack Music Festival and the Sun Coast Jazz Classic in Clearwater, FL. 

As a band Leader, performer, pianist and singer, Danny mesmerizes the crowd with his engaging charisma and command of the stage. This fantastic entertainer never misses the opportunity to connect with his audience and always leaves them on their feet wanting more, from the supper club to the concert hall.

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About Russell Hall: 

Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Russell Hall migrated to the United States in 2007 where his double bass studies progressed quickly through the rigorous programs of The Dillard Center for the Arts and The Juilliard School. Russell has a deep understanding of the jazz tradition, having studied with many of the double bass world’s most renowned artists including Ron Carter and Ben Wolfe. Still, he is also an artist looking forward with his own distinct and virtuosic approach to the double bass.

As a first-call bassist in New York City, Russell has performed with some of the biggest names in music including Joey Alexander, Wayne Shorter, Wynton Marsalis, Branford Marsalis, Jon Batiste, Roy Hargrove, Kathleen Battle, Christian McBride, Emmet Cohen, Russell Malone, George Coleman and many more. Also well known for his work with the Emmet Cohen Trio alongside drummer Kyle Poole, Russell also leads his own bands, including Bessie and the Rainbowkids to much critical acclaim.

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About Byron Landham: 

In the ’90s, Byron “Wookie” Landham came to be recognized as one of the top jazz drummers in Philadelphia, where he has been employed by well-known hard bop and soul-jazz improvisers like organist/trumpeter Joey DeFrancesco and the late organist/pianist Shirley Scott. And Landham also has a fine reputation outside of Philly; the non-Philadelphians who have used him as a sideman range from guitarists Lee Ritenour and Randy Johnston to tenor saxophonist Houston Person. Landham has also been employed by the late vocalist Betty Carter, although that association isn’t typical of his résumé — the adventurous, risk-taking Carter had a reputation for being avant-garde, whereas Landham has focused primarily on hard bop and soul-jazz. Philly is Landham’s home town; he was born and raised in the Pennsylvania city where he began playing the drums at the age of seven. Landham was still a student at Olney High School (in the city’s Olney section) when, at 17, he was hired to play some live gigs with Shirley Scott. By the time he was old enough to vote, the drummer had played quite a few club gigs in and around Philly. Landham considered Scott a mentor, and he felt the way same way about three Philly-based drummers who influenced his playing: Mickey Roker, Bobby Durham, and Butch Ballard. That isn’t to say that every drummer who influenced Landham lived in Philly; other drummers who had an impact on his playing included Art Blakey, Max Roach, and Kenny Clarke (among others). In the ’90s, Landham became a fixture in Philly jazz venues (especially a club called Ortlieb’s Jazzhaus) and often played alongside people who were highly regarded in that city — including trumpeter John Swana, pianists Orrin Evans and Sid Simmons, organist Papa John DeFrancesco(Joey DeFrancesco’s father), and veteran tenor saxophonist Bootsie Barnes (who commands a devoted following in Philly but isn’t well-known outside the city). Another musician Landham has played with extensively is Joey DeFrancesco, who employed the drummer on several of his albums in the ’90s and early 2000s. It was also during the ’90s that Landham’s reputation spread way beyond Philly, resulting in appearances on albums by Houston Person, tenor saxman Ron Holloway, guitarist Russell Malone, and others. In 1998, Landham and his brother Robert Landham (an alto saxophonist) recorded an album as the Landham Brothers: At Last was released on the Straight Street label. Landham was still based in Philly in the early 2000s, but by that point, his playing was so in-demand that he was spending an average of four to five months on the road every year

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