Jeremy Danneman was born in Newark, Delaware, where he began playing music at an early age, first starting on piano then moving on to what are now his main instruments, saxophone and clarinet. His talents were recognized early on, and he was selected for Delaware All-State Band and the Governor’s School for Excellence in Music.
In 1998, he relocated to New York City to become a professional musician, along the way picking up a Bachelor’s degree in British and American Literature from New York University. Jeremy has pursued numerous goals in his career, placing his talents in a wide array of contexts, including jazz, reggae, free improv, latin, musical theater and much more. He has performed at fine New York venues such as the Blue Note, Roulette, The Stone, Theater for the New City, the United Nations Church Center, and Zebulon, plus worldwide in Tokyo, Berlin, Rwanda, Zanzibar, Cambodia, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic.
In 2009, Jeremy founded Parade of One, Inc. a nonprofit (501c3) project dedicated to engaging international audiences with a unique blend of street performance, educational programming, and recording. Jeremy has been on Parade of One expeditions, giving street performances in Rwanda, Cambodia, and Vietnam. In addition to performing solo, Danneman has collaborated with musicians and artists from those regions, such as Sophie Nzayisenga who is the only professional female inanga player in Rwanda, and Arn Chorn-Pond, subject of the documentary film The Flute Player about the role of Cambodian traditional music in the post-Khmer Rouge era. Along the way, Danneman was also the producer and subject of the documentary Rwanda 15, directed by Kivu Ruhorahoza. Rwanda 15 documents Danneman’s street performances in Rwanda in 2009 (the fifteenth anniversary of the genocide against the Tutsi,) and has screened on three continents, including its world premier at the 2010 Zanzibar International Film Festival and the 2011 Vision Festival in New York City. Danneman’s work with the Parade of One project has earned praise from the international press, including the Rwandan New Times, the Jewish Daily Forward, and Vietnam’s TuoiTre news.
Danneman has contributed to recordings with bands such as, the Mysterium Electric Soundpainting Septet, the New York Soundpainting Orchestra, El Pueblo, Ulysses, and Love Camp Seven. He has shared the stage with a wide array of great musicians and bands, including William Parker, Tim Keiper, Ras Moshe, Matt Lavelle, Anders Nilsson, Gil Selinger, Eyal Maoz, Walter Thompson, and many more.
As an educator, Danneman has given guest lectures for the Ramaz School (Manhattan,) The Royal University of Fine Arts (Cambodia,) the faculty of Baltimore County Community College, and more.
Danneman is gratefully indebted to many fine teachers, including most recently David Krakauer and Ned Rothenberg.