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Danny Gottlieb

Professor, Drumset 

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     A musician for more than 50 years, Professor Danny Gottlieb has compiled a prolific resume both as a touring and recording artist, and as an educator. He has performed on more than 400 recordings, earning 12 Grammy Award nominations, including 4 Grammy Award Winners. While best known as a founding member of the original Pat Metheny Group, Gottlieb has performed and recorded with some of the greatest names in music. They include: Gary Burton, Gil Evans and Sting, Bobby McFerrin, John Mclaughlin, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Pat Metheny, Stan Getz, Gerry Mulligan, Clark Terry, Wayne Shorter, Eddie Gomez, Lew Soloff, Al Di Meola, Jeff Berlin, Toots Theilemans, Carla Bley, Steve Swallow, Michael Franks, Jack Bruce and the HR Big Band, The GRP Big Band, the George Gruntz Concert Jazz Band, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra, Jon Faddis and the Carnegie Hall Jazz Orchestra, the Manhattan Jazz Orchestra, Mike Stern, Bill Evans, John Scofield, Jim Hall, the Manhattan Transfer, Larry Coryell, the NDR Big Band (Hamburg), the WDR Big Band (Cologne), Steven Curtis Chapman, Booker T and the MG's, and The Blues Brothers Band featuring Steve Cropper and Eddy Floyd.


Prof. Gottlieb has studied with some of the most famed drummers of our time. For more than 30 years, Gottlieb was a student of the legendary jazz drummer Joe Morello (of Dave Brubeck fame). One of Joe’s teachers was George Lawrence Stone, author of famed drumming text, Stick Control, and Professor Gottlieb honors and continues their legacy by including their teaching approach in his applied lessons at UNF. Danny has also had the honor studying with legendary big drummer Mel Lewis and being present for the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis recording session, “Suite For Pops”. He is included in the percussion overdub, playing claves, on “A Good Time Was Had By All”. He has studied with studio legend Gary Chester and was instrumental in the authoring of his famed textbook, The New Breed which is used extensively in his UNF applied studio (Hear an excerpt of a conversation between Danny and Gary Chester here). Other teachers with whom Prof. Gottlieb has studied include Airto Moreira, Ed Soph, Jack De Johnette and Rakalam Bob Moses, who provided assistance with his Drum Wisdom text.

 Besides performing, Prof. Gottlieb is the author of several texts including the bestselling college-level study guide, The Evolution of Jazz Drumming (with Hudson Music). Under the auspices of the UNF CIRT lab, Prof. Gottlieb has also co-authored a well received text with the legendary Harold Jones, the drummer for Count Basie, Sarah Vaughan and Tony Bennett, entitled the Interpretation of Big Band Swing. Harold was recently featured on Tony’s last performance with Lady Gaga. The textbook is designed for use with his students here at UNF and you can check out a sample lesson here.  For many years, Professor Gottlieb authored a monthly drum lesson article for Drum! magazine, a sample of which can be found here


His other publication and research activities include the creation of a media archive with the help of a UNF Foundation Grant that is dedicated to the work of New York concert promoter, Jack Kleinsinger. Kleinsinger donated his live concert tapes to UNF which include 320 live jazz concerts featuring the world's greatest jazz musicians and UNF later awarded him an honorary doctorate in 2017. The concerts are archived in the UNF Carpenter Library and can also be accessed via the UNF Digital Commons. Professor Gottlieb has also archived 40 live radio broadcasts and the life’s work of UNF jazz founder Rich Matteson. These recordings are also stored in the Carpenter Library and can be accessed via the UNF Digital Commons


UNF features a world class Big Band program and Prof. Gottlieb enjoys sharing his extensive big band experience with his applied students such as his time spent recording "A Tribute to Oliver Nelson" featuring several all-star New York musicians led by trumpeter, John Vanore; his rehearsals with Pat Metheny and the SWR Big Band of Frankfurt, Germany in a 2016 tribute to bassist, Eberhard Weber; and his 20-year tenure with 7-time Grammy Award nominee, Chuck Owen & the Jazz Surge Big Band.  

Danny and his wife Beth (percussion) have performed together for over 20 years. They have been members of actor/ bassist Gary Sinise’s (CSI NY) Lt. Dan Band (named after Gary’s character in Forrest Gump) for over 17 years and have performed more than 500 philanthropic concerts around the world including Memorial Day at the US Capitol (2018) and A Salute to the Troops (2021), raising money for Military Charities through the Gary Sinise Foundation. Moreover, for the past 20 years Professor Gottlieb and his wife have performed at Epcot for the Candlelight Processional Show. Earlier this year, Prof. Gottlieb and his wife, along with more than 100 other drummers including Ringo Starr, recently performed the Beatles', Come Together, to raise money for “Why Hunger”
A graduate of the University of Miami, Gottlieb brings 50 years of professional experience, musical diversity, and enthusiasm to the UNF Jazz Faculty. He is an active clinician and endorser for Zildjian Cymbals, DW Drums, Remo Drum Heads, Hot Sticks, and Alternate Mode Products