19 October 1941, New York City, New York, USA. Before choosing the clarinet as his principal instrument, Daniels played both alto and tenor saxophones. A graduate of the New York High School of the Performing Arts, Brooklyn College and the Juilliard School of Music, he worked as a teenager with Marshall Browns Youth Band and Tony Scott. In the mid-60s, he began a six-year association with the Thad Jones - Mel Lewis big band and also played and recorded with leading jazz figures such as Freddie Hubbard, Sonny Rollins and Richard Davis.
Gifted with a phenomenal technique, Daniels has been tempted into third-stream music, recording with Friedrich Gulda and has performed several works in a classical vein. His bright, clearly articulated playing has attracted a considerable following. As always with technically proficient musicians in jazz, there are some who question the depths of Daniels jazz feeling. Clarinetist predecessors who...
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