Eric Daniel

Sax/clar/flute player, composer, lyricist, musician, part-time comic, author of The Saxophone Survival Kit…, and ringleader of Eric Daniel and Friends..

Born in Washington, D.C., USA on May 24th, 1952

Began musical studies age 9 (clarinet Pasquale “Pat”  Prencipe).

Began performing publicly at age 12.Joined American Federation of Musicians at age 16 in Boston, MA, USA.

Advanced musical studies at New England Conservatory (clarinet / Felix Viscuglia) and Berklee College of Music (saxophone w/Joe Viola) in Boston.


Military service in the US Army from 1972 to 1975 as a sax and clarinet instructor at The Armed Forces School of Music in Norfolk, Virginia, USA).


Live performances in USA with:Gladys Knight, Tom Jones, Temptations, Jerry lewis, Pearl Bailey,Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Stevie Wonder and many others.


Broadway shows such as “Annie”, “Dancin'” (Bob Fosse), “Peter Pan”, “They’re Playing Our Song”, “Eubie”, “Bubblin’ Brown Sugar” and many others.


Eric Daniel Video Links


Five minute demo featuring me playing sax, flute and clarinet in various musical contexts.


Live tenor sax moment from Aspro Blues Festival (Italy)

Videoclip fromaggio RAI TV documentary  (alto sax)


Short excerpt from Daniel Duo promo


Live performances and/or recordings in Italy with:


Natalie Cole, Carl Anderson, Zucchero (“Woodstock ’94”, “Live at the Cremlin”, “Blues”, “Rispetto”, and his DVD “All the Best…live”), Alex Britti, Tony Cerqua, Martha High, Gabin, Andrea Bocelli, Jenny B, Geraldina Trovato, Mia Martini, Sabrina Di Stefano, Fabio Macero, Sara Grimaldi, Fulvio Tomaino, Wendy Lewis, Jonas Blues Band, Luisiana Red, Crystal White, Joe Cocker, Massimo Ranieri, Tom Jones,Valeria Rossi, Luca Cucchetti, Amii Stewart, Romina Johnson, Michele Zarrillo, Corrado “Rod” Rusticci, Thelma Houston, Mariella Nave,Gino Paoli, Linda D, Roberto Angelini, Claudio Baglioni, Tony Armetta, Umberto Napolitano, George Benson, Astrud Gilberto, Paolo Pallante, Paul Young, Sal Spicola, Orlando Johnson, Agostino Penna, Mercuzio, Randy Crawford,”King”Solomon Burke, Mike Applebaum, Raffaela Carrà, Carlotta Centanni, Luca Cucchetti, Magic Harp, Carlos Sarmiento, Tony Armetta, Francesco de Rubeis, Mike and Randy Brecker, Paul Horn, Giorgia, Jerry Lewis, Sammy Davis Jr, Mercuzio, Donatella Rettore, Roberto Ciotti, Tosca, Marco Armani, Chaka Khan, Wendy Lewis, Lena Horne, Chiara Vecchio Bossa Trio, Barbara Parisi, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Gil Evans, Frank Vinci, Mimmo Locasciulli, Eduardo DeCrescenzo, Otto Ohm, Rosario Jermano, Gino Paoli, “Toots” Thielemans, Lew Soloff, The Temptations, Rodney (“no respect!”) Dangerfield,James Taylor, Manuel “Manny” Innaro (“Anything” ft. LaMont Wheat) and so many others.


I feel priviledged to have been able to meet and work with these people!


TV Productions, Film soundtracks, and Commercial jingles form another area of my professional activities in Italy:


“Fantastico 5″( ’84), Staff musician RAI-TV (Italian National Network…’84-’87), “Domenica In” (’86, ’98,’00,’01, ’02),”La Corrida” (’88 to ’93 (con Corrado)), (2004, ’05, ’06, ’07,’09 (con Gerry Scotti)), 2011 (con Flavio Insinna), Giorgio Panariello 2012,San Remo Song Festival (’94’ ’95, ’96), “Caramba Che Sorpressa”’95, “Scomettiamo Che”(’93,’99),Trent’ Anni Della Nostra Storia”(’86), “Miss Italia nel Mondo” (’99,’00,’01), “I Raccomandati” (’03, ’04, ’05) Giorgio Panariello (2012) and others.


English lyrics for projects by:”Positive Power”, “Eric Daniel & Friends”, Frank Vinci, “Mercuzio” ( Marcello Modugno),TDL (“Cadillac Car”),Fulvio Tomaino & Italian Soul Delegation,Linda D, Marco Mengoni (“Searching” e “Tonight” sul CD “Solo”)


Author of “The Saxophone Survival Kit, A Guide for Aspiring Professional Saxophonists…or just anyone!” (Available at Amazon Books)