Eddie Daniels first came to the attention of jazz audiences as a tenor saxophonist with the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra. When Thad and Mel first organized their band in 1966 to play Monday nights at the Village Vanguard in New York (where it still plays), Daniels was one of the first musicians they called. Later that year, he entered the International Competition for Modern Jazz, a contest organized by the pianist Fredrich Gulda and sponsored by the city of Vienna, and won first prize on saxophone. He continued working with Thad and Mel over the next several years and toured Europe extensively with them. Later, he won Downbeat Magazine's International Critics New Star on Clarinet Award. A virtuoso in both jazz and classical music, Daniels' ambition is to reach as many people as possible with his music, to enlarge the audience for both jazz and classical music and at the same time to tear down the walls separating them. To learn more about Eddie Daniels, visit eddiedanielsclarinet.net.