Danny McKnight has been playing guitar for 50 years with the last 24 years being devoted to the craft of 7 string guitar mastery. Danny has had a wealth of performing experience in intimate jazz duos including work with guitarists Ray Wilson & Clayton Dyess, various top call horn players & most notably accompaniment of vocalists Mickey Mosely, Diane Landry & his recording partner Tianna Hall. Danny also worked a great deal with steel guitar legend Herb Remington playing western swing in The Swingfield Playboys band.
Besides his extensive teaching career in the Greater Houston area at institutions including Houston Community College & Lee College, Danny is also a top call solo guitarist & sideman. He has played with various big bands in Houston including Ed Gerlach’s Big Band, Phil Gray’s Big Band & The Bayou Big Band that was the featured act at the Yucatan Jazz Festival in Mexico in 2007. He was also part of the 1997 Honor Band that performed at the International Association of Jazz Educators Convention in Chicago that year. He has also had the pleasure of playing with the Baytown Symphony.
Throughout the years he has studied with legendary artists and instructors including Bucky Pizzarelli, Mike Nase, Jim Liu, Gerald Blakeman, Joe LoCascio & Dennis Dotson. You can see Danny performing full time throughout the Houston area.
Danny performs on a Benedetto 7-string 16-B model
Photo by Pin Lim/Forest Photography