Danny Jonokuchi


Danny Jonokuchi is an American jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, and music director based in New York City originally from Los Angeles. He is an active member of countless New York City based ensembles. His playing can be heard on dozens of studio recordings including radio broadcasts, musicals, television commercials, video games, and more. Danny is an international touring artist and has performed in the U.K., South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia, and Belgium.

"ALL I WANT" (2017) is his debut big band album with an all-star cast of NYC-based musicians. The album features over 20 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists on 8 original compositions and arrangements that pay tribute to the big band tradition. The album is now available for digital listening.

Danny has performed at the Village Vanguard (NYC), Birdland (NYC), the North Sea Jazz Festival (Rotterdam, NL), The Bimhaus (Amsterdam, NL), The Jazz Bakery (Los Angeles), The Apollo Theater (Harlem), The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and J@LC Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola (New York).

Danny has arranged music for many ensembles including The Duke Ellington Legacy, The Terell Stafford Quintet, The Dick Oatts Sextet, The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, Hannah Gill & the Hours, The Chris Norton Big Band, The After Hours Jazz Band, The Gordon Webster Band, The Greg Ruvulo Big Band, Carly Robyn Green, Svetlana & the Delancey Five, The South Philly Big Band, and The JM Jazz Orchestra. Danny is a member of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.

Danny has produced several albums including Hannah Gill's  "After Hours Jazz Band," Ricky Alexander's debut record (2018),  "Reboot" (2013), "All I Want" (2017).

Danny has an undergraduate degree in Jazz Studies from Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance in Philadelphia. There he was under the tutelage of trumpeter Terell Stafford as well as Dick Oatts, Norman David, John Swana, and Bruce Barth. He has also studied composition and arranging with David Berger. His other notable mentors include Matt Finders, David Washburn, Ira Nepus, Luis Bonilla, and John Mosley.

"[Danny Jonokuchi's] band is quite flexible in their delivery of these well crafted arrangements, showing that good jazz doesn't have to be all improvisation as much as inspiration." -George W. Harris (JazzWeekly)