DANNY BURGER'S MUSIC PAGE

GIG SCHEDULE

Blue Jean Blues

3320 NE 33RD St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33308

NOVEMBER 2017

Thursday   Danny Burger Musicians Showcase   8-12 

November 9th  Featuring Rita Wilburn


Saturdays   5-8
November 4, 11, 25th  Jimmy Cavallo / Danny Burger Trio


Mondays  4-7
November  6, 13, 20, 27th   Jimmy Cavallo / Danny Burger Trio

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Timpano   7-11
450 E. Las Olas, 
Ft. Lauderdale FL 33301  
timpanochophouse.net.  (954)462-9119 7

Thursday November 2nd  with Vince Anthony Trio
Fridays     November 10, 17th  with Vince Anthony Trio

Vico's  7-11
Saturday  November 18th with Vince Anthony Trio

 

 

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Danny Burger, flanked by Danny Jr. and daughter Allison

July 23, 2017

Danny Burger was inducted in the South Florida Jazz Hall of Fame at the 8th installment of the historic tribute founded in 2009 by international recording artist, jazz vocalist, and Sunshine Jazz Organization founding member, Ms. Alice Day. 

“We honor those who made/make it possible for us to participate and prosper, and those who have made an impact in the world of Jazz on these South Florida shores, and on the world stage. We are proud of our heritage and of the contributions South Florida has made and continues to make for the preservation and authenticity of a culture, of a people, and of America’s classical music, Jazz. We have many who are deserving of this distinction, so we can look forward to many more induction ceremonies."  - Alice Day 

 

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 Blue Jean Blues Interview of Danny Burger,

their featured musician of the month:

10/1/14

Danny Burger is a favorite amongst music lovers who have been coming to see him perform at Blue Jean Blues for nearly five years. You can't blame his fans for loving him. Danny not only rips on the drums, but does it with an infectious smile and intense positive energy.  He is an easy musician to adore, and adore we do. Every Wednesday at Blue Jean Blues Danny hosts 'Danny Burgers Musician's Showcase' where he plays along side some of South Florida's most talented and sought after Jazz musicians. It's definitely a night to mark on your calendar if you enjoy real jazz, real fun and the opportunity to witness one of the greatest drummers there is, Danny Burger, perform live.


Danny Burger, one of Rochester, New York’s finest, attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and the Hochstein Conservatory.  There is nothing that is mediocre about Danny.  Playing music isn’t just what he does for a living, playing drums the way he plays them, tells you who he is.  He plays every song with his whole heart and soul.  Watching Danny play is more than a treat, it is an experience.  Danny’s outstanding quickness, dexterity, professionalism and perfect time make him a musician’s – musician.  Danny’s uniqueness is further displayed by a device he has named “Tompani”.  He uses tubes that he blows into specially tuned drums to create variances in air pressure in his drums creating changes in tone.

Danny’s background and credits are impressive.  He has played at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and appeared on the Merv Griffin TV show, The Norway Jazz Cruise, Hollywood Jazz Festival, Hialeah Jazz Broadcast,  QE II Jazz Cruise and an extensive European Jazz Tours.  Danny has played with many of the great legendary musicians, including Flip Phillips, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Simms, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Lockjaw Davis, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Jimmy McGriff, James Moody, Papa Lou Donaldson,  Ira Sullivan, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Al Grey, Eddie Higgins, Turk Mauro,  Bucky Pizzarelli,  Ray Brown, Peter Appleyard, Jaco Pastorious, Milt Hinton,  Dr. Lonnie Smith and many more.  Danny has also accompanied great jazz singers, such as; Joe Williams, Billy Eckstein, Johnny Hartman, Mark Murphy, Giacomo Gates, Ernestine Anderson and Ertha Kitt.  He has recorded with many musicians over the years, on many different labels, with Nicole Henry, Turk Mauro, Lou Donaldson, Jesse Jones Jr., Eric Allison, Eddie Higgins, just to name a few.

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1. When did you start playing the drums? Explain how it happened. We all played the piano at home, I received a toy drum set for Christmas when I was about 4 or 5 yrs. old, I demolished the set in about two days. I started taking piano and drum lessons in the first grade, my music teacher called my Dad and said I was pounding on everything in sight and definitely was a drummer. I continued drum lessons after that.

2. Why the drums? I had a very good ear for music and playing another instrument was always a possibility. The drums came natural to me and let me express myself in a more rhythmic and dynamic way,  it’s was always fun making people dance and move. Very primal!

3. Who is your musical influence now? Who was it when you first started? Listening to different styles of music and musicians is a constant influence now, if I hear something unique that I like I try to incorporate it into my playing, it keeps me fresh. My Dad was my mentor. He played the trombone and was the leader of his own band, the Dixieland Ramblers.  He was a very stern band leader. When I was growing up, my goal was  to be good enough to sit in with his band someday, and I finally did. I was 14, what a thrill!

4. What is your favorite style of music to play? I’ve enjoyed playing many different styles of music. Jazz allows me to expand my musical thought process, improvise, and play with all the emotions I have inside. You have windows of ideas while you’re playing Jazz  that constantly change. You can play happy, mad, sad, or glad…that’s Jazz!

5. In your expertise, how do you keep an audience engaged, wanting more? Keeping an audience engaged and wanting  more is always a good thing, but definitely not easy, you can’t please everybody. Keep the tunes  interesting, dynamic, and not too long. Have a repertoire that changes the mood, and be happy when you play, the audience will be happy if you are.

6. If anyone's ever watched you play,  they've seen the tubes you blow into.  Can you explain to us what those are and what they do? I call my device a “Tompani”(Timpani, tom tom combination). I use tubes connected to my 2 toms, I blow air into the drums which create variances in air pressure, expands the heads and changes the tone. I can actually play notes in the song we are doing, it’s not easy but  lots of fun!

7. How did you balance children, a family and a musical career? The music business can be tricky. I was on the road quite a bit and became an established  professional making a good living before I  embarked on the family life. Once the children came along I traveled occasionally but was pretty much a stay at home dad, family first!  Music was always in the house, I mainly worked in the area so they could come see daddy play. Now they’re all grown up, still come hear me play, and we travel…life is good!!

8. In your opinion, a great drummer is someone who? First of all, I think you must have “it”, a natural feel and passion for the rhythm of the music. A great drummer listens, is very confident, a solid time keeper, reliable, and a team player, the word “band” really means something. A great  drummer  “drives the bus” (band) in a respectful way.

9. Did you teach your children to play the drums? Not really! I had a studio with all different instruments in it and kind of  let them gravitate to their favorite one, it worked out pretty well, no pressure!

10. If you could give young musicians one piece of advice, what would it be? Enjoy playing music! Whatever level they want to accomplish in music, it’s called “playing” music for a reason. Have fun!

11. What was the highest point of your musical career?  Still playing at a high level right now at 65 is a pretty good start! Seriously, I’ve been fortunate to have played, and still do, with some of the Jazz greats. . Whether it was performing at Caesars Palace, playing with Dizzy, Joe Williams or Zoot in the past, or with Ira Sullivan in the present, they are all memorable high points in my career. The beauty of music…I am a lucky man!

12. The lowest? That’s easy! I injured both my wrist really bad in the 70’s and thought I’d never play again. I had to start over and it took 2 yrs. before I could play again...Thank God!!

13. Everyone seems to love the cowbell. Do drummers love it or hate it? Be honest. I love It! When people are dancing and I start playing my cow bell, they shift into another gear and go crazy! It’s all true, “more cow bell”.

14. Is there anything in your career that you would still like to accomplish? Besides getting better? I can truthfully say I’ve experienced and accomplished everything in music that you can wish for. I’m now enjoying the fruits of my 45 yrs. in South Florida by playing at Blue Jean Blues with some great musicians, and  good friends. Now that’s an accomplishment!!

15. Can you tell us something about yourself that no one would expect? If I tell you they will expect it! Only kidding! I enjoy being in different businesses. I’ve always been diverse in that respect, and I like a good challenge. The people skills you need in the music business serves me well.

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Dizzy, me, and Lyles West on a Ft. Lauderdale Jazz cruise in 1987.

Spider Martin, Lonnie Smith, and Jerry Byrd were also in that band.

Danny at Blue Jean Blues w/ Dolph Castellano on the keys

BIO

(updated 9/25/17

Danny Burger, one of Rochester, New York’s finest, attended the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music and the Hochstein Conservatory.  There is nothing that is mediocre about Danny.  Playing music isn’t just what he does for a living, playing drums the way he plays them, tells you who he is.  He plays every song with his whole heart and soul.  Watching Danny play is more than a treat, it is an experience.  Danny’s outstanding quickness, dexterity, professionalism and perfect time make him a musician’s – musician.  Danny’s uniqueness is further displayed by a device he has named “Tompani”.  He uses tubes that he blows into specially tuned drums to create variances in air pressure in his drums creating changes in tone.

Danny’s background and credits are impressive.  He has played at Caesar’s Palace in Atlantic City and Las Vegas, and appeared on the Merv Griffin TV show, The Norway Jazz Cruise, Hollywood Jazz Festival, Hialeah Jazz Broadcast,  QE II Jazz Cruise and an extensive European Jazz Tours.  Danny has played with many of the great legendary musicians, including Flip Phillips, Dizzy Gillespie, Zoot Simms, Clark Terry, Scott Hamilton, Sonny Stitt, Harry “Sweets” Edison, Lockjaw Davis, Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel, Jimmy McGriff, James Moody, Roger Kellaway, Papa Lou Donaldson,  Ira Sullivan, Red Rodney, Dick Hyman, Lou Colombo, Bobby Brookmeyer, Frank Foster, Slide Hampton, Al Grey, Eddie Higgins, Bobby Enriquez, Richie Cole, Turk Mauro,  Bucky Pizzarelli,  Ray Brown, Peter Appleyard, Jaco Pastorious, Milt Hinton,  Dr. Lonnie Smith and many more.  Danny has also accompanied great jazz singers, such as; Joe Williams, Billy Eckstein, Johnny Hartman, Mark Murphy, Giacomo Gates, Ernestine Anderson, Nancy Kelly, Ertha Kitt.  He has recorded with many musicians over the years, on many different labels, with Turk Mauro, Lou Donaldson, Jesse Jones Jr., Eric Allison, Eddie Higgins, Nicole Henry, just to name a few. Danny was recently inducted into the South Florida Jazz Hall of fame by the Sunshine Jazz Organization on July 22, 2017.


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Danny Burger with Jazz Greats Norman Simmons & Houston Person prior to the performance for JAMS on January 25, 2011.  Rounding out the quartet was Don Coffman on bass. Susan Merritt is the Founder and Artistic Director of JAMS.

 Mike Longo, Ben Champion, Ken Burkhart, Danny Burger, Rich Farrel At Mrs. Murphy's Pub

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Danny Burger at Blue Jean Blues in Ft. Lauderdale, FL