Bio

Danny Jonokuchi has been called a world class performer and “a sound of this era” (Nextbop). Few artists are as diversely involved in their craft. You can hear his original compositions and arrangements in renowned jazz clubs, listen to albums he has arranged and produced, and see him perform on Broadway in the Tony-nominated musical Be More Chill. 

He leads the The Danny Jonokuchi Big Band, the 7-piece swing band The Revisionists, and co-leads and conducts The New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra.

Danny has performed on award-winning studio albums, as well as on PBS, NPR, HBO, Good Morning America, and Red Dead Redemption 2 (Rockstar Games). He’s also been heard on many distinguished stages including:

  • The Village Vanguard with the legendary Vanguard Jazz Orchestra
  • Birdland, NYC
  • Jazz @ Lincoln Center, NYC
  • Radio City Music Hall, NYC
  • The North Sea Jazz Festival, The Netherlands
  • The Bimhaus, The Netherlands
  • The Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles
  • The Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Writing has always been Danny’s passion and his arrangements have been performed by an incredible cast of acclaimed artists including Lady Gaga, Grammy-nominated vocalist Nicole Zuraitis, Post Modern Jukebox singer Hannah Gill, The Duke Ellington Legacy, The Terell Stafford Quintet, Brian Newman, Charles Turner & Uptown Swing, Ulysses Owens Jr.’s New Century Big Band, The Birdland Big Band, The South Philly Big Band, Peter Bernstein, The Gordon Webster Band, and The Dick Oatts Sextet.

Danny has produced several studio albums including Hannah Gill’s “Lost in Words” (2018) and “After Hours Jazz Band”, Ricky Alexander’s “Strike Up the Band” (2019), The Revisionists “Let Me Off Uptown” (2019), Dillon Garrett’s “Change of Plans” (2018), Danny Jonokuchi Experiment “Reboot” (2013), and the Danny Jonokuchi Big Band “All I Want” (2017). Danny also produced four singles for the New Alchemy Jazz Orchestra to be released on Outside in Music.

Danny is a graduate of Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance and Agoura High School. His notable mentors include Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Norman David, John Swana, Bruce Barth, Luis Bonilla, David Berger, and many other jazz luminaries. His early champions were Matt Finders, David Washburn, Ira Nepus, and John Mosley.