Originally from Los Angeles, California, pianist/composer Danny Grissett started playing the piano at age five and studying classically at six.
Grissett earned his B.A. in Music Education from CSU Dominguez Hills in 1998 and developed a love for jazz.
After graduating from CSU Dominguez Hills, Grissett simultaneously attended Cal Arts, where he earned an M.F.A. in jazz piano, and The
Monk Institute, a prestigious post-graduate program at the University of Southern California. In 2001, he began teaching the jazz ensemble at CSU Dominguez Hills.
“That experience was great. It solidified some things I already knew and made me more fluent as an artist,” says Grissett.
Grissett toured with luminaries like Herbie Hancock, recorded with trombonist Phil Ranelin, and secured regular gigs at local jazz clubs around Los Angeles like Charlie O’s, Catalina Bar & Grill, and Rocco.
In 2003 he moved to New York to make a name for himself in the jazz world. Within the first few months of his arrival, he became a sideman of choice for artists such as Vincent Herring and Vanessa Rubin. You can hear Danny on Vincent Herring’s Mr. Wizard, and Ends and Means on High Note, and Live at the Bird’s Eye. He has also been a member of Tom Harrell’s quintet for the last eight years, appearing on five critically acclaimed releases from the great trumpeter.
In 2006, Grissett made his debut as a leader with his first trio recording Promise on the Criss Cross Jazz label, a debut Allmusic.com called “…exquisite, and easily one of the best debuts of 2006.” His second trio recording Encounters was released the following year and he continued to catch the ears of his peers, music lovers, and critics alike. "…he plays he plays with an effortless brilliance that distinguishes him as one of the top three young pianists on the contemporary scene."
Grissett has been featured in the bands of Nicholas Payton, Steve Wilson, Buster Williams, Russell Malone, Wycliff Gordon, Benny Golson, and Jeremy Pelt. He has also been busy as a studio musician, recording with the aforementioned Pelt on four releases on the Highnote label, as well as with Jimmy Green, Lage Lund, Jim Rotundi, and Tom Harrell. In May 2009, Danny's greatly anticipated third recording as a leader, Form, was released.
Grissett continues to perform internationally at jazz festivals and clubs in Italy, France, Germany, Japan, South Africa, Colombia, and many cities within the US. He has performed with other notables such as Freddie Hubbard, The Mingus Big Band, Marcus Strickland, Steve Nelson, Roy Hargrove, Willie Jones III, and Louis Hayes.
His latest release, Stride, features bassist Vicente Archer and drummer Marcus Gilmore, and is his fourth as a leader.