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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.”  https://stonyplainrecords.com/tajmahal/

August 3-6 2023: 4 Nights at SF Jazz with Taj and the Savoy Band! www.sfjazz.org

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

Check my calendar for Marina Crouse gigs!

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

Live gigs with my own band coming up-check the calendar!

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 (we’ve done 20 yrs!). They accompanied singer Shemekia Copeland last year, in addition to past concerts with Ruthie Foster, Eric Bibb, Keb Mo, Charlie Musslewhite, Barbara Morrison, Robben Ford, Floyd Dixon, Hadda Brooks, Joe Louis Walker and a host of others.

Danny Caron



6/11/23      Sweet City Blues * Sausalito Cruising Club * 6-9pm
6/14-16/23 New Orleans rehearsals
6/17/23      Charles Brown Centennial Juneteenth Band * Texas City, TX * 6pm

                   w/ Jon Cleary, Gerald French, Ruth Davies!!

6/21/23      Marina Crouse and Danny Caron duo at Rossmoore * Walnut Creek * 4pm
6/25/23      Marina Crouse and Danny Caron duo private event


7/01/23       Sweet City Blues * Pond Farm Brewery   * San Rafael * 5pm 
7/05/23       Sweet City Blues * Cheeseboard * Berkeley * 5-8pm
7/08/23       Sweet City Blues * San Rafael City Center street fair * 5:30 pm
7/09/23       DANNY CARON ORGAN TRIO, feat. Wayne De La Cruz, B3 * SONOMA SQUARE FREE SHOW                     * 2:30-4PM
7/10/23        Jazzschool Classes Start * I’m teaching Fretboard Theory, Blues Swing Guitar, 2 Combos!

 call 510 845 5373 to enroll! Summer session is 6 weeks ends 8/14
7/16-22/23   Pt Townsend Writers Conference * Poetry and Music with Kim Addonizio * Pt Townsend WA

7/23/23         Sweet City Blues * Sausalito Cruising Club * Sausalito 6-9pm


8/03-06/23  4 Nights!


                     AND ALL THE CATS *  7:30 pm * www.sfjazz.org 



8/11/23 San Jose Jazz Fest, Blues Stage with DK Harrell and Little Village Allstars, 8:15 pm!



                       W/Ruth Davies, Marina Crouse, John R Burr, Deszon Claiborne, Kristen Strom, Glenn Appell. * www.soundroom.org,


8/20/ 23 Sonoma Square, 2:30pm with Marina Crouse

8/26/23  w/ Roberta Donnay in Martinez

8/27/23  w/ Marina Crouse at Rossmoore, Walnut Creek, 4pm.



9/12/23          Rossmoore w/ Tom Rigney and Flambeau * 7pm ish * Walnut Creek 


10/17-22/23.   Sun Valley Jazz Fest w/ Tom Hook * Sun Valley ID


11/16-19/23    Suncoast Jazz Fest with Tom Hook * Clearwater FL *




05/04/24     The Soundroom, Oakland w/Marina Crouse, Boleros

05/09/24     Ashkenaz. Berkeley. w/Marina Crouse Blues

05/11/24.    Bird and Beckett, San Francisco w/Marina Crouse, Ruth Davies

05/27-31.   London, UK with poet Kim Addonizio! 

 Link to London readings and workshops: 



06/01-03/24 Lewes UK with Kim Addonizio

06/12-22/24 La Romita writers workshop Terni Italy, w/Kim Addonizio

06/29/24.  private event Skywalker Ranch, Lucas Valley, CA


07/14-20/24 Centrum writer’s conference w/Kim Addonizio

07/24/24     Music in the Park Redwood City, CA 6-8pm w/ Marina Crouse

07/27/24     The Backroom Berkeley CA w/ Pam Rose Organ Party. evening

07/28/24      Sausalito Cruising Club w/ Sweet City Blues


08/10/24       Danny Caron House Party at The Sound Room , Oakland 8pm



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