Photo by Kadie Pangburn
If you are looking for a sassy reed player, Danielle Knight is at the top of your list. Some nights she's playing some hot licks or doing her best Benny Goodman/Artie Shaw impression with JJ and the Riff Raff. Other nights you'll find her running mad arpeggios with Bacchunneers or playing the Blues with the K-Night Owls, and more often than not playing awesome original music with Knight Shade.
Danielle started playing music in middle school joining the school band program alongside many of her peers playing through high school and marching in college. She unpacked her clarinet to start Harlequin Jazz, recording 3 studio albums and touring along the way. Additionally, Danielle is also a founding member of the K-Night Owls, picking up the soprano sax, and is often one of Megan's Goody-Goodies. Along with Clarinet and Soprano Sax, Danielle also plays Tenor Sax which she uses often in Knight Shade.
Her musical influences include Johnny Dodds, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, and Sidney Bechet, but she loves creating new music as in a variety of genres.
Let me tell you about a person a lot of people refer to as “Some Jerk” but is actually named Jace. They first started playing trombone in middle school band, sliding with the best of them. Later on in high school they moved on to guitar so they could entertain their fellow shenanigan inducing friends.
Jace always enjoyed music of many forms but when they were introduced to Swing Dancing in college they was mesmerized by the Jazz era. After years of researching and appreciating this music they were an integral part of starting up Harlequin Jazz Band which they picked up tenor banjo for.
As the years went on and needs for different instruments arose they also started playing bass, tuba, guitar, and even singing with dulcet tones. They particularly enjoy varying up their options in blues and have been a large part of a blues band called the K-Night Owls in 2017.
Jace has had the honor of playing with Ben Polcer and the New Orleans Grinders, Megan and her Goody Goodies, Harlequin Halflings, and is a founder of JJ and the Riff Raff as well as Knight Shade.
Jace thoroughly enjoys the adventure that is performing music and is constantly looking for interesting ways to compose original tunes.