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Bassist Danny Zanker spent his youth in England,
Israel and Texas. The resulting cultural confusion,
coupled with a formal education in jazz, laid the
foundation for his musicianship. Moving to New York
in May of 1995 helped him consolidate all his
influences into an innovative and exciting playing
style which features elements of jazz, blues, Middle
Eastern, heavy metal, funk and avant garde. Danny is
also an accomplished and prolific composer, with his
compositions representing a natural extension of his
concepts on the bass: complex yet danceable rhythms,
lyricism and lots of emotional intensity. He
currently can be heard leading his quartet,
Anti-Elevator Mission, at Smalls and Tagine. His
playing is also prominently featured in Travis
Sullivan's Bjorkestra, the George Dulin Disband, the
Yutaka Uchida Group, Souren Baronian's Taksim, and
Shusmo at venues which include the Knitting Factory,
Makor, Joe's Pub, Cornelia St. Cafe, and the BAM Cafe.
1987-1991: Jazz theory, big bands and small ensembles
at the University of Texas at Austin.
1997-2000: Private bass lessons with Dave Holland and
Marc Helias in NYC.
2007: Toured Japan with AEM, Yutaka Uchida Group and
2006: Toured in Japan with the Shunzo Ono Quartet
2005: What is Jazz Festival at the Knitting Factory
and The Williamsburg Jazz Festival with Travis
2003: Extensive touring in South Korea with the Hye
Seon Hong Ensemble.
2002: The East-West Encounter Festival in Bangalore,
India and the Khala Goda Festival in Mumbai, India
with Ravish Momin's Trio Dissolve.