Doky, Niels Lan
- Mark Gilbert
(b Copenhagen, Oct 3, 1963). Danish pianist and leader, brother of Christian Minh Doky. His mother is Danish and his father Vietnamese. He played classical guitar before taking up piano at the age of 11, and when he was 15 he became a protégé of Thad Jones, who was then living in Denmark. On Jones’s recommendation he attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston (1981–4), after which he moved to New York and played with, among others, Joe Henderson, Clark Terry, Charlie Haden, Ray Brown, David Sanborn, and Woody Shaw; he made his first recording as leader in 1985. As a leader or a sideman Doky has worked with Bob Berg, Jack DeJohnette, Bill Evans (iii), Tom Harrell, John Abercrombie, Gary Peacock, Randy Brecker, Al Jarreau, John Scofield, Michael Brecker, and Toots Thielemans. In the late 1980s he and his brother began leading the Doky Brothers, and in the 1990s he was also active as a record producer....