German-born, Dannie Hofmann earned his BA in music from Brown University and New England Conservatory. Upon graduation he joined the Israeli acoustic jazz band ‘From the Other Side’ which released a CD of the same name on Black Saint/Soul Note records out of Italy. Dannie racked up years of live and studio performance, recording many tracks of jazz, blues, R&B, Rock, Rap with numerous production companies. In 1997 he helped found Zoot, a swing band that released a self-titled CD. In 2004 he began touring with the now deceased blues legend Little Milton. 2008 marked the beginning of numerous European tours with the King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke, ending with his passing in 2010. At the same time, Dannie was the saxman for punk-funk band Iodine69 and for latin afro-funk band G-Tonic (both defunct) and played with many DJ’s. He also plays with ArToFjAzZ, a creative music collective founded 1997 by drummer Anthony Riedelsheimer. Currently, Dannie is a member of OC’s own soulful R&B band Private Property; funk-rock-latin outfit The Suedeheads; the classic Freestyle Rock band and plays with LA bluesman Bobby Warren.
Most of Dannie’s current efforts are invested in the instrumental group redShift Musicworks – a collaboration with Oliver Althoen (gtr), Martin Torres (b) and Ray Glider (dr) – www.redshiftmusicworks.com . This Creative Music Ensemble compositions expand upon the traditions and explorations of jazz, rock, fusion, blues, classical, experimental, hip-hop, reggae & more. redShift works with structured sound, which is designed to invite and explore reflective meditation, human reaction, intentional creation and is influenced and inspired by the current manifestation of our species. An invitation to engage in authentic listening and inspired evolution and to create positive social change to uplift the consciousness of humanity.
Throughout the years, Dannie has been teaching saxophone, flute and clarinet privately, in small groups and as concert band director. He is an exciting and enthusiastic instructor who brings a wealth of experience as a musician and his passion for music translates into creative instructional strategies. Understanding and kindness coupled with discipline are the cornerstone of Dannie’s teaching. His lessons are structured for student comprehension and sequentially constructed, building on prior knowledge to move to the next level of development.