Danny Caron

Originally out of Silver Spring, Maryland, Danny moved to Austin, Texas and cut his teeth on the Crawfish circuit playing with singer-pianist Marcia Ball. He then moved to Lafayette, LA and worked for a year 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 has played for President Clinton’s first Inaugural Ball, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, numerous jazz festivals throughout the US and Europe, several tours to New Zealand with great artists like Robben Ford, Charlie Musslewhite, Duke Robillard and Bettye LaVette. Television appearances include the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Danny wrote the film score to the Scott Silver directed motion picture ‘johns’ for which he and Charles Brown composed music, and for which he composed the title song, “The Promised Land.” The movie stars David Arquette, Lukas Haas and Keith David.

He keeps up a busy schedule touring and performing most recently with Tom Rigney, Barbara Morrison, Maria Muldaur and others. And he is presently teaching courses at The Jazzschool in Berkeley, California

Recent projects include:

Recording guitar for the new Taj Majal CD Savoy.”

Recording a fantastic all Spanish project for Little Village with Marina Crouse, “Canto de mi Corazon” .

and the release of Danny’s fourth CD “Make Beauty”, a  collection of soulful originals and covers.

Danny was featured guitarist once again this year at Stanford Jazz Festival’s Blues night spearheaded by his old Charles Brown bandmate, swinging bassist Ruth Davies. They accompanied singer Ruthie Foster this year, in addition to past concerts with Eric Bibb, Keb Mo, Charlie Musslewhite, Barbara Morrison, Robben Ford, Floyd Dixon, Hadda Brooks, Joe Louis Walker and a host of others.

Live Shows


02/11/23 Valentines Show with Maria Muldaur! • Piedmont Piano, Oakland • 7pm
02/15/23 The Cheeseboard, Blues with Donna Spitzer • Berkeley CA • 5-8 pm                                                    02/18/23 Mardi Gras show with Maria Muldaur! * The Welcome Grange, Napa CA * 7pm                                  02/19/23 Sausalito Cruising Club, Blues and dance with Donna Spitzer, Sausalito CA * 6-9 pm


03/14/23 Marina Crouse, Canciones, with Vicki Randall and Ruth Davies • Redwood City Public Library.

03/15/23 The Cheeseboard, Blues with Donna Spitzer • Berkeley CA • 5-8 pm

03/19/23  Sausalito Cruising Club, Blues with Donna Spitzer • Sausalito, CA • 5-8 pm


03/30/23-04/29/23  Italy tour  !


5/05/23  Marina Crouse Cinco de Mayo party • The Soundroom, Oakland • 7 pm


7/24/19 Stanford Blues Festival with RUTHIE FOSTER • Dinklespiel Auditorium • Stanford University • 7pm
7/25/19 Walnut Creek Summer Concerts with Flambeau • 5:30pm
7/27/19 Armando’s in Martinez with Steve Willis and the Willing • 7pm
7/28/19 Pigout In The Park • Laytonville CA with Flambeau • 2pm


8/1/19 Eureka Summer Concert with Flambeau • 6pm
8/2/19 Lakeport Summer Concert with Flambeau • Lakeport CA • 6pm
8/6/19 Sonoma County Fair with Flambeau • 6pm
8/7/19 Oakland City Center with Flambeau • 12pm
8/7/19 Santa Rosa Wed Night Market with Flambeau • 6pm
8/17/19 West Side Theatre • Newman CA • with Flambeau • 7:30 pm
8/25/19 Bodega Seafood Festival with Flambeau • 1pm
8/30-9/1 Hot Jazz Jubilee, Sacramento with Flambeau
8/6-8/8 Pentastic Jazz Festival • Penticton BC • with Flambeau

Albums (USA Orders Only)

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Good Hands (2003)

Good Hands

How Sweet It Is (2008)

How Sweet It Is

Jazz + Blues (2012)

Jazz + Blues

Make Beauty (2019)

Make Beauty