Bassist Danton Boller quickly became a sought after musician on the New York music scene after his arrival in 1997. Having been mentored by legendary bassist “Senator” Eugene J. Wright of the famed Dave Brubeck Quartet, he brings musical depth with historical reference and a modern sensibility to every performance. He has toured internationally and recorded with top artists of his generation as a member of the Roy Hargrove Quintet, Seamus Blake Quartet, Ari Hoenig’s Punk Bop, and the Anthony Wilson Nonet to name a few.
During his time with the Roy Hargrove Quintet the band made two critically acclaimed records – Earfood, and Emergence (with Hargrove’s Bigband); the latter received a Grammy nomination. Danton is featured with the Roy Hargrove Quintet on the DVD release Live At The New Morning (click to view the live video of “Strasbourg St.Denis” and “Style”).
Danton’s versatility and appreciation for all music has propelled him to the stage and in the studio with an eclectic array of amazing artists: Alvin Queen, Taylor Mac, Alexi Murdoch, Antibalas, Elysian Fields, Mx. Justin Vivian Bond, Bridget Everett, Q Tip, Keller Williams, Robert Glasper, Matt Ray, Jon Fishman, Matt Munisteri, Mulgrew Miller, Joey Arias, Bridget Everett, Village Vanguard Orchestra, Ronnie Mathews, Seun Kuti, Patti Labelle, Fela! on Broadway, and the list goes on.
Currently Danton can be heard with various bands in NYC: Bridget Everett & the Tender Moments, Elysian Fields, Bassey and the Heathens, Chop and Quench, Tadataka Unno Trio and Andrew Scott (aka Goat) among many others. Danton recently appeared in the Melissa McCarthy movie “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” playing alongside performer Justin Vivian Bond.
As a leader Danton actively performs his original compositions with his groups in NYC. He has recently been in the studio working on a new record of acoustic improvised music with his quintet and former members of the Roy Hargove Quintet. He also leads an electronic band, The Sides, that creates instrumental cinematic soundscapes illuminating electro, avant-jazz, dub, afrobeat, and rock.
When not performing, Danton records and produces music in his NYC studio. He recorded the upright bass tracks for the 2018 Keller Williams acoustic dance music release Sans. In 2017 he produced the “FELA aKUsTIc” debut release on the OKAY Africa label that features the star of Fela! on Broadway, Sahr Ngaujah. He co-produced, along with Al Schmidt and Kat Edmonson, Edmonson’s highly lauded release on Sony records, Way Down Low.