Danny Steel-Keyboards/Vocals/Bass

Danny has performed sporadically over a number of years as a keyboardist/vocalist with various local groups.  At various times he has played society gigs in the Washington, DC area (Capital Hilton, Four Seasons, Shoreham, National Press Club, Ft McNair Officers' Club) as well as more weddings, New Year's Eve parties, and nightclubs than he could ever begin to remember.  Danny has played at roadhouses in West Virginia, beach clubs and weddings around the Chesapeake Bay area, and various venues in Baltimore, MD.  During that time he has learned to improvise in a number of different popular musical styles based on an understanding and application of music theory gained during the high-school and college years.  If the band is doing a rock song he can add some honky-tonk piano or blues-flavored organ accompaniment.  If the current song is in the country genre then Danny can play a bar-room piano kind of style.  If the song is in a 1950s 'rock & roll' style then a Jerry Lee Lewis type of style moves to the foreground.  If the tune is in a jazz vein then Danny will come up with some lush chords along with some tasty solos and maybe even a snazzy intro.  Primary musical influences include, in no particular order: Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Steely Dan, and Yes along with bits of Genesis, Jean-Luc Ponty, Gentle Giant, Pink Floyd and other progressive groups of the 1970s era.  Danny also provides lead and harmony vocals comfortably up in the tenor range and smoothly sings the high parts that most guys can't.  Based on his sight-singing skills learned back in high-school and college music theory classes he has rarely been observed sightreading the tenor part for a church choir on Sunday morning.