Danny Lerman is a riveting saxophonist and composer. Danny has studied with Junior Walker's legendary teacher, Charlie Atkins and at the University of North Texas music school and the Berklee School of Music as well as with Peter Ballin. Danny's Albums; Danny’s Island/Chartmaker Jazz, Meow Baby/Lightyear/EMI, Do You Feel/Steel Warehouse, and World Jam/Steel Warehouse, earned stunning reviews, opening the door to international airplay, festivals and concerts in Finland, Venezuela, South Africa, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Turkey, Hong Kong, Mexico, Israel, and the USA. Lerman has recorded/performed with Howard Hewett, CeCe Peniston, Danny Boy, Bobby Lyle, Norman Connors, Peabo Bryson, Kevin Mahogany, and Onder Focan, and recorded with Randy Brecker, Dave Valentin, and Hubert Laws. Lerman has opened for Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Sergio Mendez, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal, the Ghetto Boys, Joe Lovano, Omar Faruk Tekbilek and Dutch Ska artist Le Prince.
Danny has performed as a featured soloist with the South Bend Symphony and in Breda, Holland with members of the Metropole Orchestra. Danny’s compositions have been featured in movie soundtracks, Wedding Bell Blues, and Kill Me Later as well as commercials for JD Powers.
Check out Danny's original music and his new Album Night Rider on Blujazz.
Danny Lerman: Ice Cat
by George W. Harris • February 13, 2020 • link - https://www.jazzweekly.com/2020/02/danny-lerman-ice-cat/
Saxist Danny Lerman puts together a soulful ep on this latest release. You get some AWBish sizzling funk on “Mendi” and a snazzy bass line on “Boris The Cat” with a nice solo by Lerman in the latter. Some rich vocals make for an R&B fest on “Dream of Me Tonight” and the team shuffles to his voice on “Do You Feel?”, making the half hour of music fit for your dancing shoes.
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The fact that Danny Lerman’s new album title Meow Baby comes from a line in an episode of Kojak proves that saxophonist Danny Lerman knows how to have fun. He also knows retro cool when he sees it. Lerman took a page from the 1970s when recording his second album, Meow Baby, which will be released February 26th on Sugar Whiskey Records, his label, distributed by Lightyear Entertainment/EMI. Danny adopted old school sensibilities by utilizing live musicians and having a hand in writing all the new compositions for the disc. Tal Bergman, who worked on Lerman’s debut album, produced ten songs on Meow Baby and a few tracks were produced by urban-jazz icon Norman Connors. Radio programmers are already whetting their appetite for the CD with “Gotcha!,” a deep-pocketed groove that bursts into a chorus as sweet as one of Kojak’s Tootsie Pops.
Since his last album release, Lerman traveled and performed around the world, including Turkey, Israel, Holland, South Africa, Venezuela and Mexico. He brought influences and musicians from the countries he visited into the studio when recording Meow Baby. While the tracks swing towards contemporary jazz, urban and adult pop, there are also traces of World Music, Middle Eastern, Latin and South African rhythms. The South Bend, Indiana native, who plays alto and soprano sax, recorded the majority of the collection in Los Angeles where he was joined by Randy Brecker, Hubert Laws, Howard Hewett, Paul Jackson Jr., Bobby Lyle, and Munyungo Jackson. Bergman, who played drums on records by Rod Stewart, Billy Idol, Loreena McKennitt, Herb Alpert, and Chaka Khan, was behind the drum kit on most of the album.
“Tal brought infectious rhythms that were both exciting and exotic. His strong rhythmic influences made the tracks spicy,” explained Lerman. “I wanted this record to be a glimpse into my world, including some of the friends that I’ve made in my travels. I put both myself and the places I’ve been into the music. There’s definitely variety on this record; you don’t know what’s coming next. I’ve found some great players from all parts of the world and they brought their unique perspective to the album.”
Lerman’s a riveting performer who has shared concert bills with Herbie Hancock, Sergio Mendes, Richard Elliot, David Benoit, Eric Marienthal and the Ghetto Boys. When he’s off the road, Lerman occasionally performs free concerts at nursing homes in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.
Danny got his first job at age 13 with a jazz big band, then studied with Charles Atkins, who taught Motown Icon, Jr. Walker and Danny’s uncles, jazz musicians in their own right.
Danny went to Babson College, to play ice hockey, but followed his musical dream to the Berklee College of Music in Boston, then on to graduate from the University of North Texas. “I met some great song writers there such as Tim Kobza and Marc Sutch and was inspired to write and record the music that had been singing in my head.”
Lerman composed and recorded his first CD, Do you Feel? in South Bend, Indiana and built his name touring the Midwest. “At North Texas they didn’t teach me how to dance or front a band. I learned on the job, at least fronting the band.”
Danny partnered with producer Tal Bergman for his next CD, Danny’s Island, performing and writing with bassist, Oskar Cartaya and flutist, Dave Valentine The CD Danny’s Island, reached the top 20 on the Contemporary Jazz charts of record industry publication Radio & Records, and the single, Take My Breath Away, reached the #1 position on the playlist of WGCI, Chicago's number one urban music station.
Danny’s compositions are also featured in the movie soundtracks “Wedding Bell Blues,” and “Kill Me Later”. As a special treat, Take My Breath Away, will be re-issued as a bonus track on “Meow Baby”.