Eddie Daniels, clarinet; Lee Musiker, piano
Location: Galvin Recital Hall, Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Center for the Musical Arts (Map it)
Leonard Bernstein once declared, “Eddie Daniels combines elegance and virtuosity in a way that makes me remember Arthur Rubinstein. He is a thoroughly well-bred demon.” Equally at home in both jazz and classical music, Daniels first came to the attention of a wider audience through his clarinet solo work with the Thad Jones–Mel Lewis Orchestra on its recording Live at the Village Vanguard. Since then he has garnered numerous Grammy Awards and nominations and collaborated with Richard Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Don Patterson, Bucky Pizzarelli, and other jazz luminaries. Daniels is joined by pianist, conductor, music director, and arranger Lee Musiker, who has collaborated with such artists as Tony Bennett, Audra McDonald, Renée Fleming, Buddy Rich, and Wynton Marsalis. As an arranger and orchestrator, Musiker has shared Grammy and Emmy Awards for his work for symphony orchestras, film, and television. In a unique format allowing for experimentation, they perform original compositions and selections from the Great American Songbook. Eddie Daniels is a Backun Artist, and his appearance is sponsored in part by Backun Musical Services and Eastman Music Company.