Studied with Bunky Green
Dean has performed and/or recorded with:
(Jazz): Rufus Reid; Marcus Printup; Sam Rivers; Danny Gottlieb (Pat Metheny Group); Richard Drexler (Jeff Berlin); Ray Gelato; Will Donato; Chieli Minucci; Marc Antoine; Ryan Shaw; Ed Calle; Swingerhead; Marcus Johnson; Chris Standring; Craig Chaquico; Blake Aaron
(Rock/Pop/R&B): The Temptations; The O’Jays; The Drifters; The Coasters; The Shirelles; Steve Cropper; Gary Puckett; Khristian Dentley (Take 6); Liberty DeVitto (Billy Joel); Frankie Ford; Bowser (Sha na na); Johnnie Tillotson; Peggy March; Jack Green; Lesley Gore; Sherman Helmsley; Danny & the Juniors; Frank Stallone
Dean’s playing has been featured on numerous radio and television commercials, in addition to several movie soundtracks.
Has been a sideman on several albums, the most recent of which Dean was featured along side David Sanborn, Mike Miller, and Brandon Fields.
Produced, arranged, conducted and performed on debut album for Gospel Artist Manny Luster for Luster Records / Brown Sail Productions, LLC, which has won the Rhythm of Gospel 2009 Traditional Male Vocalist of the Year Award, and was nominated for the 2009 Traditional Album of the Year Award.
The song “Brown Rice” from his band’s eponymous EP “The Groovemasters” was one of the top 25 songs of 2010 chosen by Indie-Music.com from all genres.
Dean is currently being featured on a European tour of the production “New Jersey Nights”, with his solo debut album coming in early 2014.