Dean has cultivated his passionate and commanding playing style through a vast range of experience in Jazz, R&B, Rock, Pop, Funk, and Gospel, as well as producing and arranging numerous projects and leading several of his own groups in various musical genres.
On the more traditional side, Dean has performed with jazz artists Rufus Reid, Marcus Printup, Sam Rivers, and Danny Gottlieb, as well as contemporary artists such as Chieli Minucci, Marc Antoine, Ed Calle, Chris Standring, Mike Phillips, Craig Chaquico, Will Donato, and Blake Aaron. He’s also performed and/or recorded with a diverse array of mainstream artists including The Temptations, The O’Jays, Steve Cropper, The Drifters, Ryan Shaw, Khristian Dentley (Take 6), and Tony Battaglia (Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, Mandy Moore, Shinedown). He has also been featured on recordings alongside Brandon Fields, Mike Miller, and David Sanborn.
Dean produced, arranged, and performed on the debut album for Gospel Artist Manny Luster, which was nominated for the 2009 NIGMA Rhythm of Gospel award for “Traditional Album of the Year”, and won the award for “Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year”. In 2010, his contemporary jazz group The Groovemasters released their eponymous EP, and their original song “Brown Rice” (featuring Dean’s “fiercely funky saxophone playing” as stated by one reviewer) was the Top Jazz Song of 2010 chosen by Indie-Music.com.