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Dan Dean is a truly multitalented artist. Dan has achieved national and international recognition as a Bassist, Producer, Composer, and as an audio and recording Engineer.

Dan has performed with the some of the finest musicians and musical organizations of our time, including: Shelly Manne, Howard Roberts, The Great Guitars (Herb Ellis, Charlie Byrd, Barney Kessell), Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, B.B. King, Eddie Harris, Blue Mitchell and Harold Land, Buddy DeFranco, Donny Hathaway, Tom Scott, Dave Grusin, Don Grusin, Ernestine Anderson, Bill (William O.) Smith, Ernie Watts, the Seattle Symphony, Walt Wagner, Seattle Opera, Freddie Hubbard, Bill Mays, Della Reese, Emil Richards/Joe Porcaro and many others.

Dan has received numerous broadcast and film awards including the Cannes Golden Lion, Addy Awards, Telly Awards, Best of the West Awards, Clio Awards, IBA Awards, IBA “Spike” Award, NEA Composition Award recipient in Jazz Composition, One Show Silver Pencil, a Seattle Symphony Orchestra commission to compose “Piece for Electric Bass and Vibraphone”, National Jazz Educators Award of Excellence, Rosie Awards and others. The Dan Dean Sample Libraries have thus far won 3 Keyboard Magazine’s “Key Buy” awards, Electronic Musician Magazine’s “Best Buy”, and over the past year an a half have earned a total of 35 stars in Sound On Sound Magazine

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”...a phenomenal player.” - Jonathan Hererra/Bass Player Magazine

”Man, how I am I supposed to write something with this CD being ALMOST perfect?” - Bruce Bernardini/

”For all you beginner, intermediate and pro bass players, Dean will put you to shame. His playing is the utmost impeccable, perfect playing I have ever heard.” - Bruce Bernardini/

Dean is an exceptionally articulate and resourceful electric bassist and throughout 251 he proves to be both a supportive role model as well as a soloist who deserves better recognition. - Doug Simpson/Audiophile

2, 5, 1, Dan Dean, bass. ”Hey now, when was the last time you read a real good review from me on a recording which includes Hammond B-3 organ on four tunes and accordion (!!!) on two? Maybe never

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Primary Instrument

Bass, acoustic

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Author "Hal Leonard Electric Bass Method" Books 1, 2, 3. Author "Hal Leonard Studio Series for Electric Bass" Books 1, 2, 3. Author"Bass Trax" Hal Leonard Publishing Previously Electric Bass Instructor @ Olympic College Shoreline College Western Washington University



Album Rain Painting

Rain Painting

Origin Records

Album Songs Without Words by Dan Dean

Songs Without Words

Origin Classical

Album Full Circle by Dan Dean

Full Circle

Origin Records

Album Intimate Conversations by Dan Dean

Intimate Conversations

Origin Records


O's Time

Origin Records

Album Play Tickets by Dan Dean

Play Tickets

Gorilla Records



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