Primary Instrument: Sax, alto
Dean Moore II is a young up-coming artist from Detroit, Michigan who has established himself as a saxophonist and composer. He is currently part of a jazz quintet which in the Detroit area which performs all original music, Urban Transport. With Urban Transport he has recorded 2 cds, performed on WDET, the Ed Love show, multiple times, performs monthly at Bakers Keyboard lounge, regularly at Seldom Blues, and every weekend at Bert's jazz club in the Eastern Market. He was a part of the George Goldsmith quintet, Wendall Robinson quintet, and Raysee Biggs quintet, and performed very regularly with Claude Black and Clifford Murphy at the Murphy's jazz club in Toledo. Dean has performed with his sextet at the 2000 and 2001 Ford Detroit Jazz festival and 2003, 2004, and 2005 with Urban Transport, where they won the Heineken competition for best jazz group in the Detroit metro area. Dean has appeared in the Detroit Free Press, the metro Times, the Southfield Eccentric, and the Door County Weekly newspaper with musical accolades. He has performed live on various radio and television stations around the area, including WDET, the Mitch Albom show, and BET on Jazz and has played at such venues as the historic State and Fox Theater, the SerenGetti ballroom, the Bird of Paradise, and the FireFly jazz club. Dean currently works with five active groups in the metro-Detroit area and has performed with such greats as Michael Brecker, Donald Byrd, Marcus Belgrave, Delfeayo Marsalis, Roy Hargrove, James Carter, Donald Walden, the Mingus Big Band, and the Winard Harper Sextet among others. Dean has completed a residency at the Betty Carter Institute of Jazz at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. and was an intructor at the Birch Creek jazz camp in the past years.
Dean was the lead alto saxophone player in the University of Michigan Big Band where he graduated from school in 2001. He was selected as the top collegiate soloist at the 1999 Montreux Detroit Jazz Festival and was also selected to represent the Country in Paris, France during the summer of 1996 with the Blue Lake International Jazz Band and again in 2000 with the I.A.S.J. (International Association of Schools of Jazz) with David Liebman, where he performed at the Vilette Jazz Festival. He was selected as the top soloist at the Mid-Michigan jazz festival at Michigan State and was selected as the most outstanding soloist at the Elmhurst Jazz festival in Chicago while in school. Dean moved to NY city the year after finishing his undergraduate work and spent the year working the jazz scene. While there, he performed at most of the major clubs in Manhattan and Brooklyn including, Smalls, Cleopatra's Needle, St. Nick's Pub, Pumpkins, The Up and Over, the Blue Note, Birdland, and the Kavehaz, to name a few.
Dean moved back to the Detroit area in 2002 after spending a year in NY city's scene and plans to finish his studies at the University of Michigan Medical School this year. He is currently working primarily with Urban Transport, with whom he plans to release a cd in the upcoming months, and now resides in the Greater Detroit area.