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Danko, Harold

Danko, Harold, pianist, leader, composer; b. Sharon, PA, 13 June 1947. He grew up in Masury, Ohio. His father, Michael Danko, was from Slovakia and played accordion. His mother, Susan Mudry Danko, was from the USA and sang (neither were professionals. Both of his siblings, Joseph Danko (b. 1928) and John Danko (b. 1931) play saxophone and clarinet and both were born in PA. His wife, Fei-Yan Wang, is a classical pianist. They have a son Julian (b. 1993).

He studied jazz piano with Eugene Rush from 1963-67 in Youngstown, OH. He studied classical Piano with Delores Fitzer, Morris Risenhoover, and Robert Hopkins In Youngstown, OH from 1964-69 at the Dana School Of Music, Youngstown State U.

Danko has worked with Woody Herman, Chet Baker, Lee Konitz, Thad Jones/Mel Lewis, Gerry Mulligan and others. He has led the Harold Danko Quartet, featuring Rich Perry -tenor saxophone, Scott Colley-bass, Jeff Hirshfield-drums since 1990. He has six recordings on SteepleChase and other recordings as a leader on Sunnyside.

As an educator, he has been Associate Professor at Eastman School of Music since 1998.

Bibliography:
Arnold Jay Smith: Profile. Harold Danko, in: Down Beat, 44/5 (10.Mar.1977), p. 30 (F/I)
_Danko, Harold (p) 80/**NN:
Anon.: Individual Efforts. Harold Danko, in: Jazz Magazine, 4/2 (Spring 1980)
Harold Danko: An Approach to Playing "Carolina Shout", in: Jazz & Keyboard Workshop, Jan.1988
Harold Danko: Learning from Teaching, in: Jazz & Keyboard Workshop, Aug/Sep.1988
Harold Danko: "Snow Blossoms", in: The Piano Stylist & Jazz Workshop, Apr/May 1990
Betty Little: Conversation with Harold Danko, in: Chet's Choice, 3/1 (1993)
Harold Danko: Wider den schlechten Geschmack, in: Jazz Zeitung, 18/12 (Dec.1993)
As a columnist, he has contributed "Solo Piano" to Keyboard Magazine since 1999.

Contact information:
hdanko@esm.rochester.edu
C/O Eastman School Of Music
26 Gibbs St.
Rochester, Ny 14605
(585) 274-1449

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