Rhythm Kings Orchestra – playing the American songbook!
The Rhythm Kings, under the direction of internationally known arranger/composer Dan Fox, is a 12 piece band plus vocalists, who perform the great jazz and dance music from the 1920s and early 1930s, including Mr. Fox’s transcriptions and arrangements of original jazz records by Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton and other legendary musicians and orchestras of that era.
Band Leader Dan Fox
It’s likely that Dan Fox has written and sold more popular music books than any other author in recent times. His Reader’s Digest songbooks (17 in all) have sold more than 10 million copies. The total approaches 20 million when you include his bestselling John Denver Songbook and Compleat Beatles (in collaboration with Milt Okun), as well as songbooks for Kenny Rogers; Crosby, Stills, Nash, and Young; Peter Paul and Mary, Led Zeppelin and dozens of other stars of rock, folk, and country. Dan has also written many instruction books for guitar, banjo and mandolin, as well as Write It Right, a guide for music arrangers and copyists; The Rhythm Bible, with more than 1000 exercises for rock and jazz musicians; and many more. He has published arrangements and original compositions ranging from simple harmonica solos to complete works for concert bands.
In the classical field, clarinetist Arthur Miller has recorded Dan’s “Suite for Clarinet and Piano.” Dan has also published books of solos by world-class artists Richard Stoltzman (clarinet), Sir James Galway (flute) and a vocal selection by the late tenor superstar Luciano Pavarotti. Dan’s publishers include Warner Bros. Music (where he was once editor-in-chief), Hal Leonard, Carl Fischer (where he was interim editor), Mel Bay, Theodore Presser, and Alfred Publishing Co. He has also published highly successful children’s songbooks for New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and two songbooks for Andrews & McMeel, Classic Songs of America and Christmas Carols and Songs.
As a performer, Dan Fox spent many years playing jazz on the road as a young performer and later in clubs, such as the famous Eddie Condon’s and the Red Blazer in New York City. He can be heard as a “side man” on many jazz recording from the 1950s and 1960s.
Dan holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in composition from the Manhattan School of Music where he was a scholarship student. He is married to artist June Fox. They have three children and five grandchildren and divide their time between the west coast of Florida and traveling.
His most recent project has been The Legend of Buddy Bolden, a three-act opera based on the life of that jazz pioneer.