Widely considered one of the better pianists of his generation and in addition perhaps one of the most creative jazz composers. He examined jazz composition on the Berklee University of Music. His 1994 record The Journey gained great acclaim because of its invention and imagination and was positioned on the best-10 jazz lists of several prestigious magazines. His bandleader dad Danilo Sr. gave him a couple of bongos when he was still a kid. He was significantly inspired by Dizzy Gillespie and performed with Gillespie’s US Orchestra from 1989 until 1992.