Danny Harrington is an American saxophonist born in Providence, Rhode Island. He is a prominent baritone saxophonist known for his distinctive sound and his commitment to the traditions of jazz.
Harrington began playing the saxophone at a young age and was largely self-taught. He was heavily influenced by the music of his hometown, Boston, which had a thriving jazz scene. He was also influenced by the greats of jazz, including John Coltrane and Sonny Rollins.
Harrington’s career took off in the 1970s, and he quickly established himself as a leading baritone saxophonist. He played with several notable bands during this time, including the Duke Belaire Big Band and the Artie Shaw Orchestra.
In the 1980s, Harrington moved to New York City, where he continued to perform and record. He played with some of the biggest names in jazz, including Dizzy Gillespie and Lionel Hampton. He also recorded several albums as a bandleader, including “The Overpass,” which was critically acclaimed.
Harrington is known for his commitment to the traditions of jazz and his dedication to teaching the next generation of jazz musicians. He was a faculty member at several music schools, including Berklee College of Music and the University of New Hampshire. He was also a frequent guest lecturer at jazz workshops and festivals throughout the United States.
Harrington was a prolific composer and arranger, and he wrote music for several big bands and small ensembles. He was also known for his work as a music educator, and he authored several books on jazz improvisation and saxophone technique.
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