Danny Janklow

Danny Janklow

Alto Sax icon Alto Sax, Electric Wind Instrument (EWI)

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35 age

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May 24, 1989 Birthday

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Los Angeles, California, U.S. Birthplace

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Danny Janklow is a multi-talented artist based in Los Angeles who is a saxophonist, bandleader, and composer. He has gained recognition for his work with his band, Elevation, and has collaborated with notable musicians such as Stevie Wonder, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Benny Golson, and Eric Reed. Janklow received a Grammy award in 2012 for his contribution to the album "MONK’estra plays John Beasley." Along with his performance and recording career, he also hosts a podcast and is a dedicated educator. He participated in a 2-year mentoring program at Stanford Jazz Camp, taught at Cal State Northridge, worked with the Herbie Hancock Institute and is committed to promoting jazz education.


Danny Janklow won first place in the Detroit Jazz Festival Saxophone Competition in 2012. Danny Janklow's song "Philafornia" celebrates his time in Philadelphia and in his home state of California. Danny Janklow was a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Saxophone Competition in 2013.

Early Life

Danny Janklow was born in 1989 in Tarzana, California. He began playing the saxophone at age 11 and quickly developed a passion for music and jazz. He was a member of the Agoura High School Jazz band and competed in the annual Essentially Ellington competition put on by Jazz at Lincoln Center. During the competition he was recognized by Wynton Marsalis as an "Outstanding Soloist" on tenor saxophone, flute and clarinet. Janklow went on to study music at Temple University’s Boyer College in Philadelphia where he frequented local jazz clubs. He played shows regularly in Philadelphia, Boston and New York. Following graduation, he returned to Los Angeles where he soon became one of the city's most in-demand saxophonists and band leaders.