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Originally out of Silver Spring, Maryland, Danny Caron moved to Austin, Texas and cut his teeth on the Crawfish circuit playing with singer-pianist Marcia Ball. He then worked with Zydeco king Clifton Chenier and his Red Hot Louisiana Band with whom he recorded the Grammy Award winning Album, "I'm Here" in 1980. Relocating to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1981 he continued to freelance and eventually teamed up with the legendary singer and pianist Charles Brown.
Danny served as guitarist and musical director for Charles Brown from 1987 until Brown's death in 1999. He has played on numerous CD's and sessions with Charles Brown, Clifton Chenier, Bonnie Raitt, John Lee Hooker, Van Morrison, Ruth Brown, Etta Jones, John Clayton, Teddy Edwards, Gerald Wilson, Donald Fagen, Dr. John, Little Milton Campbell, John Hammond Jr. and many others.
Danny is the featured guitarist on the Van Morrison produced John Lee Hooker album, "Don't Look Back" which won two Grammy Awards - one for Best Traditional Blues Recording, and the other for Best Collaboration, Van Morrison and John Lee Hooker.
He keeps up a busy schedule touring and performing most recently with Robben Ford, Barbara Morrison, Maria Muldaur and others. He continues working with Just Say Jazz, a group of Bay Area musicians dedicated to preserving and promoting jazz and blues awareness in primary schools. He is presently teaching courses at The Jazzschool in Berkeley California.
Recent projects include the release of “Good Hands,” the first solo Danny Caron CD, and producing as well as playing guitar on the new CD from Pamela Rose entitled “Just For A Thrill” and Phil Berkowitz’s homage to Louis Jordan entitled “Louis’ Blues.”
Danny wrote the film score to the motion picture 'johns' for which he and Mr. Brown composed music, and for which he composed the title song, "The Promised Land." The movie stars David Arquette and Lukas Haas.
Recent tours include Maria Muldaur and Barbara Morrison.
DANNY CARON SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY
1st SOLO RELEASE! "GOOD HANDS" DANNY CARON RECORDS 2003
With CLIFTON CHENIER AND HIS RED HOT LOUISIANA BAND: ALLIGATOR RECORDS "I'M HERE" (GRAMMY AWARD: BEST TRADITIONAL BLUES ALBUM, 1980)
With JOHN LEE HOOKER: POINTBLANK RECORDS (VIRGIN) "CHILL OUT" "DONT LOOK BACK" Produced by Van Morrison, with Van Morrison, Charles Brown. (Double Grammy Awards for Blues Album and Collaboration 1999)
CD's WITH CHARLES BROWN
(Musical Director on all sessions: Danny Caron):
ROUNDER RECORDS: Charles Brown
"ALL MY LIFE" With Dr. John and Ruth Brown
(Grammy Nomination 92)
"SOMEONE TO LOVE" with Bonnie Raitt
(Grammy Nomination 93)
"LUCKY SO AND SO"
"COOL CHRISTMAS BLUES"
VERVE RECORDS: Charles Brown
"THE HONEYDRIPPER" with Etta Jones
"SO GOES LOVE" with Teddy Edwards, John Clayton, Gerald Wilson, Paul Humphries
MUSE RECORDS : Charles Brown
"BLUES AND OTHER LOVE SONGS" with Houston Person
WARNER BROTHERS RECORDS : Charles Brown
"NEW YORK ROCK AND SOUL REVIEW" with Donald Fagen
With Hadda Brooks:
"STAIRWAY TO THE STARS"
With Maria Muldaur
"MEET ME WHERE THEY PLAY THE BLUES"-Telarc Records 2001
"SWINGING IN THE RAIN"-CHILDRENS ALBUM 2002
"ANIMAL CRACKERS:SHIRLEY TEMPLE TRIBUTE" 2003
"A WOMAN ALONE WITH THE BLUES:SONGS OF PEGGY LEE" Telarc Records 2003
“ HEART OF MINE- LOVE SONGS OF BOB DYLAN” TELARC 2006