The Danny Fox Trio plays original, eclectic compositions with dynamic group interplay and interaction. Almost a mix between a jazz trio, a chamber ensemble, and a rock group, this trio has developed a unique sound that departs from traditional jazz piano format and uses the roles of the instruments creatively. The music draws from wide influences: the quirky rhythms of a Monk tune, the dark harmonies of Scriabin or ethereal chords of Messiaen, the funkiness of a Motown bassline, or the catchiness of a Beatles tune. The group performs regularly around NYC at venues such as Smalls, Iridium, and 92Y Tribeca and has toured throughout the US. Their debut recording "The One Constant" (Songlines) will be released in June 2011.
Pianist/composer Danny Fox was born in New York City where he became immersed in the jazz scene from an early age. In high school, Danny was selected as a Presidential Scholar in the Arts and performed at a ceremony for President Clinton. Danny received his B.A. in Psychology cum laude from Harvard University, where he put out two CDs of original music and was awarded the John McCord Prize for excellence in the arts. Since moving back to New York, he has studied with concert pianist John Kamitsuka, performing repertoire including Beethoven, Scriabin, and Prokofiev, as well as jazz pianist Ethan Iverson. Danny has toured with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Big Apple Circus, and the Max Weinberg Big Band, with which he performed alongside Bruce Springsteen. Comfortable in a wide variety of settings, Danny has worked as the accompanist for Catherine Gallant Dance, the musical director of the live comedy show Toast of Manhattan, and has performed for various theater and burlesque productions. He has also composed music for film and TV.
Bassist Chris Van Voorst Van Beest was born in Pownal, ME. He began playing bass his senior year of high school and studied jazz at the University of New Hampshire where he became an in demand player on the East Coast music scene. After graduating UNH and performing around the New England area, Chris moved to Brooklyn, New York where he is active in the jazz, rock, afrobeat, and songwriting scenes. He has performed with such greats as Joe Lovano, Clark Terry, and Chris Potter. Chris plays both acoustic and electric bass and composes for a wide variety of musical settings.
Drummer Max Goldman was born in Rochester, New York. He discovered his love for the drums at an early age, studying both in school and privately. Max's first teacher, Jeff Lewis introduced Max to late Coltrane, Miles Davis' classic quintet, and John Scofield - which would have a huge impact on his later musical tastes. Max then studied with Eastman School of Music drum professor, Rich Thompson, who instilled good technical fundamentals that led Max to win the All-county drum chair as well as the Louis Armstrong Award. Max moved to New York City in 2001 where he received a scholarship to attend the New School University for Jazz and Contemporary music. There he studied with Gerald Cleaver and Kenny Washington. As a sideman, Max has played with Tim Berne, Ohad Talmor, Thomas Morgan and the Elan Mehler Group. Max currently lives in Brooklyn and travels around the US, Canada, and Europe playing Jazz and improvised music.