Danny Kirkhum | Always Here

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Always Here

by Danny Kirkhum

Poppin' straight ahead jazz--some tunes on the modern side, mixed with a few soft ballads. Guest artists: Eric Reed, Eric Lewis, Jeremy Pelt, Julius Tolentino, Vicente Archer, and Kendrick Scott
Genre: Jazz: Mainstream Jazz
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1. Apperception
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2. Togetherness
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3. Evidence
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4. Always Here
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5. Up-Down
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6. Where Beauty Lies
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7. Giant Steps
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8. Shagg's Bag
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9. After Party
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Swing, soulfulness, creativity, and lyricism are a few of the elements that make Danny Kirkhum one of the outstanding rising trombonists on the jazz scene today. Since moving to New York City in 1998, he has performed on four continents, and has played with some of the most important figures in modern jazz, including Wynton Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, Illinois Jacquet, Percy Heath, Eric Reed, Cyrus Chestnut, Nicholas Payton, and Christian McBride.

Danny Kirkhum was born into a musical family. After receiving instruction from a young age in piano, voice, violin, trumpet, clarinet, drums, music theory, composition, and ear training, he settled on the trombone at age 11 and began playing in his father's band. As a teenager, his family moved from his native North Carolina to Germany, where he met his first great jazz mentor, Jiggs Whigham. After finishing high school, he earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music (class of 1998) in Boston, MA, where he studied with Phil Wilson and Hal Crook, among others, and began performing with Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra. Danny also studied with the Boston Symphony's principal trombonist, Ron Barron.

Danny then moved to New York where he now lives with his wife Tereza Lee, who is an accomplished concert pianist. In 2004 he earned a Master of Music Degree from the Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Dave Taylor. His big band experience includes four years as lead and solo trombonist with Illinois Jacquet's Big Band, a performance of Duke Ellington's "Night Creature" at Avery Fisher Hall with the American Symphony Orchestra, a performance as solo trombonist at the Atlanta Jazz Festival with Roy Hargrove's Generation 'X' Big Band, a series of concerts as a featured soloist with Eric Reed's Big Band, three performances with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and eleven years as lead and solo trombonist with Kendrick Oliver and the New Life Jazz Orchestra. He is also currently the principal trombonist of the Mantovani Orchestra. In addition to performances with his own group, Danny is also a member of Quizamba, a fiery Brazilian jazz ensemble that performs in various jazz clubs in New York.


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Kevin Steinman

Unbelievable swing
Danny's music is a blessing to this world. His compositions are thoughtful, lyrical, and above all, swinging. His playing continues to amaze, and the talent among his players on this record (friggin Eric REED!) is incredible. If you love jazz, you need to buy this record.

antonio caldarella

always here
great sound a very nice melody. my compliments for your music!