Danny Ziemann (Jazz Double Bass Specialist)

Geoff Chalmers

Danny Ziemann is a bassist and educator from Rochester, New York. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Danny has been freelancing regularly since the age of 16. He has toured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and was the bassist in the first Focusyear Artist Diploma band. There he studied and played with luminaries including Larry Grenadier, Dave Holland, Joshua Redman, Kurt Rosenwinkel, Jorge Rossy and others.

Danny also tours regularly with Gordon Webster, records session bass, and serves as a first-call bassist in Western New York. In both 2015 and 2017, he placed 2nd  in the International Society of Bassists jazz bass competition.

In addition to a full performing schedule, Danny is a dedicated educator. His jazz bass method books, The Low Down Series, have been met with continued positive support in the bass community. These books have facilitated opportunities to engage as clinician at universities, high schools, and to present at various conferences held both in the US and abroad.  He teaches at SUNY Oswego, the Eastman Community Music School, and has previously taught jazz bass lessons at the Eastman School of Music.


The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio

'The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio' by Danny Ziemann- 50 lessons, 3.5hrs.

'The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio' by Danny Ziemann- 50 lessons, 3.5hrs.

In March 2018 Danny flew to the U.K to record 'The Bass Player's Guide to the Trio', an online course which comprises 3.5 hours of HD video across 50 lessons. It explores the role of the bassist in a jazz trio, starting with the basics and progressing to advanced materials. 

All of the lessons feature a live band so you can see how to apply these concepts and ideas. The  He was joined by pianist Jamil Sheriff and drummer Caroline Bowden. 

I am enthusiastic about this course, and have made it a required supplemental text for all jazz bass majors at my school, Shenandoah Conservatory.
— Donovan Stokes

Behind the scenes of the recording sessions:

In this video you can hear Danny lead the band over the jazz standard ‘I’m Old Fashioned’.


  • D'Addario double bass strings (currently using Helicore Pizzicato). 

  • Acme Cabinets.

...an extremely talented bassist full of creativity, enthusiasm and the utmost respect for the tradition.

— Larry Grenadier

Interview with Danny Ziemann:

In this video Danny is interviewed by Discover Double Bass's founder, Geoff Chalmers. They discuss Danny's approach to walking bass line creation, preferred fingering systems, equipment and more.

Walk On: new pathways for walking bass lines.

In August 2018 we published Danny's course for intermediate to advanced double bassists who are looking for new language to freshen up their walking bass lines.

'Walk On: New pathways for walking bass lines' by Danny Ziemann - 62 lessons, 3hrs.

'Walk On: New pathways for walking bass lines' by Danny Ziemann - 62 lessons, 3hrs.