Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
Doky, Niels Lan
Doky, Niels Lan, piano; b. Copenhagen, Denmark, 3 October 1963. He was born to a Danish mother and a Vietnamese father. He first emerged on the jazz scene in 1979 as the 15 year old protege of American jazz legends, Thad Jones and Ernie Wilkins. Encouraged by his mentor Thad Jones, Doky moved to the U.S. immediately after high school in 1981 to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston where he graduated with high honors in 1984. After graduation, Doky moved to New York and quickly came to prominence playing and recording with such jazz icons as Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Charlie Haden, Ray Brown, David Sanborn, Woody Shaw, Jack DeJohnette, Al Jarreau, John Scofield, the Brecker Brothers, Toots Thielemans and many others.
Doky's career has included extensive touring; many festival, television and radio appearances. His extensive recording career, which began in 1986, includes 20 albums as a leader; countless albums as a producer or sideman for other artists. Doky's recording work is represented on such jazz labels as Blue Note, Columbia, Verve and Milestone. He is the only jazz pianist to ever cross over and peak on a Top 10 National Pop Chart in Denmark. In addition, he is the only jazz producer to achieve gold selling status.
Doky's stature within Denmark has been nationally recognized repeatedly. In 1994, he was asked to compose the music for a television documentary on Queen Margrethe II. The following year, when the Queen visited South Africa, she presented Doky's music to former President, Nelson Mandela.Niels and Gino Vannelli were invited to meet Pope Jean-Paul II and perform the song "Parolae Per Mio Padre" at the Vatican in Rome in December 2000 for a worldwide television audience.
Since the early 90s, Niels has produced recordings for many varied artists. Beginning with jazz projects first, Doky's production work has expanded to include pop and R&B artists featured on major labels.
Niels moved to Paris, France in 1989 where he currently resides with his family.
Here Or there (1986); The Target (with NHOP & Jack DeJohnette, 1987); The Truth (1988); Solo piano album (unreleased, 1988); Daybreak (with, T.L.Carrington, J.Scofield & NHOP, 1989); Close Encounter (1990); Dreams (with J. Scofield, Bob Berg, 1991); Friendship (with B. Evans, J. Abercrombie, R. Brecker, NHOP, 1991); The Toronto Concert (1991); First Step (unreleased, 1991); Close Encounter (with G. Peacock and A. Riel, 1991); Close Encounter, Vol. 2 (1992); An Evening Of Standards (1992); Paris By Night (1993); Manhattan Portrait (1993); Misty Dawn (1994); Doky Brothers (1996); Doky Brothers 2 (1997); Niels Lan Doky (1998); Asian Sessions (1999); Trio Montmarte: Cafe En Plein Air (2001), Casa Dolce Casa (2002), Spain (2002); Haitek Haiku (2002); Various Artists:All the Jazz from Denmark 1992 (1992); All the Jazz from Denmark 1996 (1996); Fra Alle Os Til Alle Jer (1996); Music By Candlelight (2000)