Danny has lent his music, voice and acting expertise to the internationally renowned black light theatre group, Famous People Players. He has co-starred with such luminaries as the late Al Waxman, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Burgess and Ernie Sabella.
Danny has entertained from coast to coast in Canada, the U.S., Europe and Australia. He has shared the stage and recording studio with legendary musicians such as Doug Riley (Dr. Music), David Clayton-Thomas, Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy, Paul Novotny, Michael Kaeshammer, Big Momma Thornton, Big Moose Walker, Lefty Dizz, Steve Kennedy, Pentti (Whitey) Glan, Bernie LaBarge, Peter Cardinali, Phil Woodard and a host of others.
Danny makes his home in Toronto. In addition to his many live festival and concert dates he just made his acting debut in the movie “Hank and Mike” starring Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Joe Mantegna and Chris Klein. He can also be heard lending his vocals, voice and harmonica to scores of radio and television commercials including Kit Kat, Bell, Blue Light, Oreo Cookies, Becel, Kraft Dinner, Cheez Whiz, Coca-Cola, Esso, Burger King, The Bay, Listerine and too many to list on one page.
Also a songwriter, Danny has written and co-written a variety of songs including “He Had A Dream That Day” “When You Live With The Lame You Learn To Limp” (also a Bravo video), “I Like”, “Dolly’s Smile”, “Francisco’s Van”, “It’s About Time”, “Still Smokin”, “Danny’s Boogie” all of which can be heard on his 3 CDs, “He Had A Dream That Day”, “Much Too Late” and “You Can’t Make Peace”.
A singer, a voiceover talent, a harmonica player and actor, Danny has the ability to adapt to any style of entertainment.
THE DANNY “B” RESUME
A singer, a voiceover talent, a harmonica player and actor, Danny “B” has the ability to adapt to any style of entertainment.
Danny made his acting debut with a principal role in the movie “Hank and Mike” starring Thomas Michael, Paolo Mancini, Joe Mantegna and Chris Klein.
Danny had a starring role in the “Famous People Players” production of “Alice in Funkyland” with the likes of David Clayton Thomas, Jackie Richardson, Dionne Taylor, Katherine McKinnon and Cal Dodd.
Danny also had a starring role as the Lizard King in the “Famous People Players” production of “Leave the Porch Light On” with co-stars, the late Al Waxman, Nathan Lane, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Catherine O’Hara, Michael Burgess and Ernie Sabella.
Danny has done vocals, voiceovers and harmonica to scores of television and radio commercials including:
Coca-Cola, Blue Light, Duracell, O’Henry, Kodak, Becel, The Bay, Pot of Gold, Listerine, Kraft Dinner, Cheez Whiz, Glossettes, Burger King, Minute Maid, Copper Top, Oreo Cookies, Mercury, Toyota, Honda, Bell, Kit Kat, Diet Pepsi, Sears, Budweiser, Amstel Light, Miller, Taco Bell, Hero and Partsource, just to name a few.
Danny has shared voiceover duties with hockey star Wendell Clark for Partsource and Brad Richards for Subway. On Bell’s 150th anniversary Danny “B” sang and actor Donald Sutherland spoke.
“He Had A Dream That Day”, a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. in correlation with the election of President Barack Obama, produced by Brent Barkman, Bernie LaBarge and Danny “B”.
“Much Too Late”, Danny “B” Blues Band featuring Doug Riley on piano & organ, Bernie LaBarge on guitar, Whitey Glan on drums, Phil Woodard on bass and Danny “B” – vocals & harmonica, produced by the late Doug Riley.
“You Can’t Make Peace”, Riley B LaBarge, Doug Riley on piano, Hammond B3 organ and Wurlitzer, Danny “B” – vocals, harmonica & percussion and Bernie LaBarge on guitar. Note: this recording was done at the late Doug Riley’s home in P.E.I. in May of 2007 and was the last project that Doug produced.
“Live At The Precinct”, Brian Gauci on guitar, Uli Bohnett on bass, Gord Montgomery on drums and Danny “B” – vocals & harmonica.
Danny was lead vocal on Michael Kaeshammer’s best-selling jazz CD “Tell You How I Feel”.
Danny played harmonica on David Clayton-Thomas’s “Evergreen” CD and on his latest blues CD yet to be released.
Danny completed a demo CD with Jackie Richardson, Joe Sealy and Paul Novotny – See video on YouTube under the heading “Home Cookin”.
Danny provided harmonica licks on many blues artists albums too numerous to list.
Live Performances include:
Headlining at the P.E.I. Jazz & Blues Festival, Oakville Jazz Fest, Commodore Ballroom and the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver, B.C., and The Stockey Centre for the Performing Arts in Parry Sound, the Belly-Up in Delmar, California, Mazatlan, Mexico, Blues Festival, The Rising Sun in Montreal, Quebec and many blues and jazz venues throughout North America, Europe, Australia and beyond.
Bravo video “When You Live With The Lame You Learn To Limp”, written by Danny “B” and Doug Riley.
Live performances on Global Television, City TV and CBC television and radio.
Variety show pilot for North Edge Productions.
No matter what the occasion or venue, whether at home or abroad, the one thing you can count on are Danny’s audiences always coming back for more!
DANNY “B” AND THE RHYTHM AND BLUES ALLSTARS played at the Muddy York every Wednesday for 7 years. The Band members included Canada’s finest musicians: Doug Riley on piano and organ, Bernie LaBarge on guitar, Whitey (Pentti) Glan on drums, Phil Woodard on bass and Danny “B” on vocals and harmonica.
Wednesday night was a mecca for the studio musicians and film and television people to hang and listen to this great band. Doug Riley passed away in August 2007 so the remaining four musicians have decided to go on.
Danny “B” is a veteran blues singer and harmonica player who has played worldwide with the likes of Big Mama Thornton, Lefty Dizz and Big Moose Walker. Danny makes his home in Toronto and is active in the studio scene. I’m sure you’ve heard his voice on many t.v. and radio commercials such as Coca Cola, Esso, Kodak, Becel, etc. etc. He also has a principal role in the movie “Hank & Mike” starring Joe Mantegna and Chris Klein.
Bernie LaBarge was born in Ottawa, Ontario and is a Burlington Central High School alumnus who has played with international stars such as David Clayton Thomas, Tower of Power, John Sebastian, Kim Mitchell, Long John Baldry just to name a few. Click on Bernie LaBarge.com for more info.
Whitey (Pentti) Glan was born in Finland and moved to Canada at a young age. He was the drummer for The Mandala and Bush then moved on to play with Lou Reed, Alice Cooper, Bette Midler and many other great stars. The next time you see the movie “The Rose” check out the drummer, yeah, it’s Whitey.
Phil Woodard is a solid bass player as there ever was. As a matter of fact his nickname is “The Rock”. Born in London, England he has played with many R & B bands in the GTA including The Royals, Sweet Blindness, Jane Child and The Tower of Power just to name a few.
This band cannot sound the same without the brilliant piano and organ playing of Doug Riley and he is sorely missed but we feel that he has told us to put it together and do this show. Instead of hiring another piano player we chose to go with Doug’s spirit.