MEET THE MENTORS - DEAN JAMES
It has been stated that whenever the stars align, something of cataclysmic proportion always happens in the Universe. The alignment has happened and Dean James, has re-emerged to serenade the masses with his signature sensuous smooth jazz sound. Dean James picked up the saxophone at the age of 15 after a football injury and was soon practicing eight hours per day. He attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, then returned to San Francisco to play jazz with the David Eshelmans Big Band and gospel with artists like Ben Tankard, Daryl Coley and Dannie Belle Hall. By the mid-’80s, James had moved to Los Angeles and became a highly regarded session player and sideman who complimented Rob Mullins, Edwin & Walter Hawkins, Gary Taylor and others with his sax skill. In 1995′s his solo debut, , was a smooth record with his Can We Talk second album, appropriately titled James evoked his sensual side as well as an Intimacy, ode to his hometown “Market Street” that was a chart topper. After the trademark “late-night” alto tone – Dean was now in the driver’s seat. For his downfall of Brajo/Ichiban Records in 2002, James launched his own label, Silhouette Records, and in 2004 released Brighter Days. The upbeat, groovy recording enjoyed commercial success led by the title track, “Say Yes” and “Sunday Afternoon”. His 2009 release Love Takes Time spent ten months on the Smooth Jazz Indie charts fueled by the single “When I See You Smile” and his Luther Vandross tribute, “Can I Take You Out”. Best known for his crowd pleasing shows, Dean has performed recently with Gerald Albright, Regina Bell, and Howard Hewitt. When not on the road, Dean serves as a jazz mentor with WeGet Networking, the country’s fastest growing music industry networking organization in the country. Deans latest project, Groovy Sax will be released in 2014.
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