Danny Kusz is working with Darren Rahn preparing his debut single for Innervision Records. It will drop on January 1st. Shall we just call 2017 the year of Danny Kusz? Quite possibly. This cat has been bubbling just under the mainstream and seems to be ready to explode. With any luck, a nationwide tour may be coming soon. Keep you eyes out (or watch our site) for that. If you can’t wait a month, check out his previous CD Eruption and Sexy Funk Velvet Jazz which we play a lot of.
From Danny Kusz website:
Danny Kusz – named “one of the hippest jazz cats in Minneapolis” by Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine while in his early 20s, had the good fortune of recording his debut EP Lost In The Groove with renowned Twin Cities keyboardist Ricky Peterson, best known as David Sanborn’s musical director for 30 years. The project scored some local airplay and earned the multi-talented horn player numerous accolades, including two L.A. Music Award wins for “Best Jazz Single” and “Best Nu-Jazz Artist”, and several Minnesota Music Awards nominations including “Best Horn Player”, “Jazz Recording of the Year” and “Jazz Group/Artist of the Year”.
Growing up in the Twin Cities area where he was able to watch some of the top performers in jazz and funk, Kusz realized early what it takes to put on a great live show that can move crowds to become a part of the experience. Kusz’s energetic stage presence and interaction with his close nit band shows how fun and funky it can get when there’s a collective passion to entertain. Full of positive energy and a great sense of style, Kusz and his band love to connect with fans and often times you’ll find him out in the crowd or maybe even on top of a table all the while looking sharp in a three piece suit! Kusz’s initial popularity after the release of Lost In The Groove led to several prominent festival dates, opening for and performing with several well known artists and has headlined numerous gigs of his own around town, and played frequently with top local artists like the Root City Band, who had a multi-year residency at the popular restaurant and bar Gluek’s. Kusz opened for guitar great Stanley Jordan and performed several Michael Jackson tribute concerts with Stokley Williams from Mint Condition. In addition to Jordan, he has opened for national artists such as Greg Adams, Slide Hampton, Morris Day & The Time and Anthony David.
Danny Kusz Minneapolis Hip Jazz Cat has been reprinted by Deep Pockets Jazz on December 2, 2016. DeepPocketsJazz.com the not so smooth jazz station on TuneIn, Shoutcast, and Roku.