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Devin Daniels

A recent graduate of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Studies, Inglewood-native Devin Daniels is one of the most unique and exciting voices in LA's thriving the modern jazz scene. African American Alto Saxophonist Devin Daniels has performed in many different configurations of bands in the jazz idiom since 2010. Hailing from Inglewood, California, Daniels started playing saxophone in the Just Lovin’ Music Studios program, led by pianist Michelle Love. This program is a free program designed to give students of color a chance to rent out and learn a new instrument. Daniels has worked to become one of the newest and most exciting voices in the modern jazz scene. He has studied with some of the leading educators/players in America including Keisha Potter, Rusty Higgins, Josh Johnson, Shannon LeClaire, and George Garzone. He landed a finalist spot in the YoungArts competition which choses six students in the United States. Devin was accepted into the Berklee College of Music as a Presidential Scholar. He graduated with a B.M. in Professional Music and is now pursuing his master’s degree at the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Performance at UCLA. Between those years at Berklee and UCLA, he has been blessed with the opportunity to study abroad in Basel, Switzerland taking part in the Focus Year program which is similar to the Hancock Institute. In his first year at Berklee, Daniels took up producing electronic music in his downtime and since then has released an album on the Los Angeles-based record label, Leaving Records, joining a catalog with the likes of Knxwledge, Keifer, and Carlos Nino. A quote that praises this album reads, “…is fusion at its finest, beat music and jazz moving forward in lockstep.” Daniels has released content on the up-and-coming label, Preference records, as well as his first jazz trio album. He has been greatly honored to share the stage with artists such as Miguel Atwood Ferguson, Carlos Nino, and Jamael Dean; appeared on numerous album recordings with artists such as the Pan African People’s Arkestra, Jamael Dean, Diego Gaeta; and with appearances on labels such as Stones Throw Records, Orenda Records, and Neuklang Records.

Awards

  • 2024 Herb Alpert Foundation Make Jazz Artist in Residence
  • Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz: Full Scholarship (graduated 2024)
  • FocusYear Basel: Full Scholarship
  • Berklee College of Music: Presidential Scholar
  • Music scholarship recipient of the 2015 Young Arts Jazz Finalist Program
  • The Vandoren Young Artists Competition (2nd Place)
  • Spotlight Music Center Awards in Los Angeles
  • The Charles Dolo Coker Jazz Scholarship Foundation
  • Performer of the Year at Hamilton High School
  • Berklee Jazz Workshop Scholarship


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Adam Hersh: Tornado Watch

Read "Tornado Watch" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello


Tornado Watch is a uniquely attractive album from pianist Adam Hersh and his terrific sidemen. It offers ten tracks of intelligent, intensely-performed music. All the songs here are Hersh originals (save one) and each was recorded live in Los Angeles at the “Sam First" jazz club. “Woe V Shade," obviously a politically directed word play, is a multi-tempoed track with an eight-note theme over a frantic foundation. Hersh takes off on an extended and energetic Rhodes solo, ...

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Would it be fair to call LesGo! a harbinger of a new West Coast sound? It’s complicated. “I always tell people I'm trying to bring that toxic New York swing energy to L.A.,” Daniels says, laughing. “I really want to do that, you know, bad as it is.” What isn’t too complicated is the ambition that radiates off this bandstand, like a set of afterburners. That, and a spirit of consuming devotion. “All of us just love this so much,” Daniels says of the music, direct and earnest. “You know, we would kind of die for this.”

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Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson

Tornado Watch

Self-Produced
2024

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LesGo!

Sam First Records
2024

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Trio Exposition

Self Produced
2022

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Reckon

From: LesGo!
By Devin Daniels

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