Bronx native Daniel Sadownick earned a Master's Degree in Musical Education at New York University, where he also studied composition. He then went on to study privately with percussion masters Andrew Cyrille, John Amira and the late, great Frankie Malabe. After graduating, Mr. Sadownick toured with the Lionel Hampton Orchestra for two years. It was here that Daniel made
numerous contacts that would lead to tours and recordings with jazz greats such as: Michael Brecker, Dennis Chambers, Nicholas Payton, Christian McBride, Nat Adderley, Dianne Reeves, Jane Monheit, Nnenna Freelon, Dewey Redman and many others.
A versatile percussionist that does not limit himself to one genre, Daniel has spent the last few years touring and recording with such diverse artists as: Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Kesha, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Steely Dan, Jennifer Lopez, Al Green, The Roots, Billy Idol, Tony, Toni Toné, Maxwell, Angie Stone and Méshell Ndegé Ocello, Daniel is currently in the percussion chair for the new Broadway Show "Ain't Too Proud Too Beg - The Life & Times Of The Temptations".
Recently, Daniel released his debut CD entitled "There Will Be A Day". It features all original compositions as well as showcasing the utilization of percussion in a "straight-ahead jazz context." Daniel feels that percussion in jazz at this present stage seems to be limited to a certain style that does not included all the possibilities of the instruments. "I want to include all my influences when I play jazz. That runs the gamut from the Art Ensemble of Chicago to Joe Zawinul; from Cannonball Adderley to Frank Zappa. These musicians were torchbearers and pioneers. "I hope that my contributions make a statement that is parallel to these exceptional artists. They were consistent in their commitment to bring passion, intensity, and soul to their music," states Daniel.
Daniel also teaches private studies in percussion and is a faculty member of New York University. Daniel states that "Living in New York City is a blessing. Being a cultural center, one has access to the many different peoples and music that cover the range of the globe; jazz, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, rock, fusion, -- it's all here in this beautiful city. I feel lucky to have been born and raised here."