Danny Jonokuchi

"A SOUND OF THIS ERA" - (Nextbop)

Danny Jonokuchi is a New York City based jazz trumpeter, composer, arranger, producer, conductor, educator, and bandleader originally from Los Angeles. His trumpet playing and arrangements can be heard on award-winning studio albums, Broadway musicals, PBS, HBO, television commercials, Rockstar Games Read Dead Redemption 2, and more. He is an international touring artist and has performed in the U.K., South Korea, Sweden, Germany, Italy, France, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Croatia, and Belgium. In addition to being a highly in-demand sideman, Danny also holds the trumpet chair of the viral musical "Be More Chill" coming to Broadway's Lyceum theater in February, 2019. 

The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra - "Big band sounds with some of best musicians New York City offers" - (Broadway World)

Danny co-leads and conducts this exciting 17-piece big band that has featured Brian Newman, Dick Oatts, Peter Bernstein, Terell Stafford, Charles Turner, and Alexa Barchini. NAJO recently performed at the legendary Birdland Jazz Club to a packed audience including Tony Bennett. The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra has a monthly residency at the Django NYC, a subterranean jazz club located in the heart of Tribeca. 

"ALL I WANT" (2017) is Danny's debut big band album recorded in New York City with a stellar lineup of future jazz greats. The album features over 20 instrumentalists and 2 vocalists on 8 original compositions and arrangements that pays homage to the various eras of big band tradition. The album is available for free digital listening. The album was featured on the PBS documentary "The Greatest Hitter Who Ever Lived" narrated by Jon Hamm. 

The Revisionists - a 7-piece swing band lead by Danny that will be releasing a new album this fall. The band performs for the NYC Lindy Hop community and members have performed at international Lindy Hop events including  Snowball (Sweden) and Jeju Swing Camp (South Korea), as well as Swing Out New Hampshire and Beantown. The band has performed at the NY Transit Museum, Hudson Yards, Brooklyn Swings, The Abyssinian Church, Subway Swing Festival, the Django, the Beekman, the Lexington Hotel, and Hofbrau Bierhaus.

Past Performances - Danny has performed on renowned stages such as 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 (NYC), The Kimmel Center (Philadelphia), and J@LC Dizzy’s Club Cocoa Cola (NYC). He has performed with the legendary Vanguard Jazz Orchestra and has been featured performing on HBO's "High Maintenance". He has also conducted an orchestra at New York City's landmark square Rockefeller Plaza. 

Arranging - Danny's compositions and arrangements have been performed by an incredible cast of artists including The Duke Ellington Legacy, The Terell Stafford Quintet, Ulysses Owens Jr.'s New Century Big Band, The Birdland Big Band, Peter Bernstein, The Dick Oatts Sextet, The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra, Brian Newman, Hannah Gill & the Hours, The Chris Norton Big Band, The Strictly Smokin' Big Band, The VDE Big Band, The Seth Weaver Big Band, The After Hours Jazz Band, The Gordon Webster Band, The Greg Ruvulo Big Band Collective, Carly Robyn Green, Svetlana & the Delancey Five, The South Philly Big Band, and The JM Jazz Orchestra.

Producing - Danny has producer credits for his work on Post Modern Jukebox vocalist Hannah Gill's "Lost in Words" (2018) and "After Hours Jazz Band", Dillon Garrett's "Change of Plans" (2018), Ricky Alexander's "Strike Up the Band" (2018), Danny Jonokuchi Experiment "Reboot" (2013), and Danny Jonokuchi Big Band "All I Want" (2017). He also conducted and arranged for the South Philly Big Band's "SPBB-XMAS" (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, Bruce Barth, and many other jazz luminaries. His other notable mentors include Matt Finders, David Washburn, David Berger, 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)