The passion for performing, teaching, writing and producing music has fueled Saxophonist Dan Moretti's eclectic musical career. Throughout the years his personal sound and original writing have gained him international recognition as a performer, educator, composer and producer. His inspiration and broad pallet of styles has allowed him to travel and collaborate with musicians across the cultures of Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, Israel and Turkey through performances, recordings and educational seminars. With 17 original recordings to his credit the inspiration continues to flow in exciting new ways.
Dan was born in Providence, Rhode Island. At the age of 5 he migrated to Narragansett, Rhode Island where his father had built one of the first houses in the north end of town. It wasn't until 5th grade that he began playing Alto saxophone at the St. Thomas Moore School in town where he was a member of their first band consisting of just 7 students. As time went by his interest grew and he, like any other musical grade-schooler, made music a part of his everyday life. The influences of the 60's music revolution and especially soul music would turn Dan's ears around and add to his passion.
At the age of 12 he was invited to perform in the Rhode Island Youth All-State Jazz Band where he played at the world renown Newport Jazz Festival . This was the beginning of a life-long passion to perform, write and produce music. During his high school years he was part of a band called The Pump House Gang that played all Jethro Tull and Roots Blues memorizing tunes from vinyl while self-teaching himself the flute. After high school Dan attended the University of Rhode Island for 2 years where he was the first saxophone major. Previous to that you had to major in clarinet and double on saxophone. During those first two years he began to study with recent Berklee graduate Hal Crook. After Hal started Rhode Island School of Music (RISM) in 1972 Dan attended for 2 years on full scholarship. It was those two intense years of 16 hours a day of music that pushed Dan to a new level. In 1974 the RI agent Kenny O'Brien offered Dan an audition is two bands that needed a sax player at the time The Beaver Brown band and the NY based funk band Back Bay Brew . It was love at first listen. In 1976 after returning from a two year long tour with that original funk band Back Bay Brew Dan completed his BA degree in Music Education with a minor in Arranging-Composition from The Union Institute in Cincinnati. As part of his degree plan Dan started the first instrumental music program at The Alternate Learning Project, Providence’s alternate high school (ALP) where he lead the ALP band playing funk jazz and a new style of music Hip-hop for 10 years. Throughout the mid 70's and the early 80’s he continued to perform and teach in Rhode Island and in the North East United States. His love for jazz grew with performances in Jazz Odyssey, a big band that did Monday nights at the famed jazz club Allary in Providence, as well as being a member of the Milestones Quintet which played at Allary regularly in the late 70's. Also during that time Dan continued performing as a sideman with some of the Soul and R&B stars of Atlantic Records and Motown including: Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, Ben E. King, The Four Tops, and The Temptations to name a few. Throughout the 80's Dan continued to teach privately and in the local school systems and music schools in the Southern New England area. In 1981 he became co-owner with David Correia at Celebration Sounds in Pawtucket Rhode Island where he honed his engineering, producing and composing skills for the following 12 years. During that time he recorded and produced his first 5 albums as a leader.