Kevin Dean

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Kevin Dean
Music Performance
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Trumpeter and organist Kevin Dean is a Professor of Music (Jazz Studies) at McGill University in Montreal, Canada. He was born in Mason City, Iowa in 1954 and received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1976 from the University of Iowa. Dean received a Master's Degree in Jazz Pedagogy from the University of Miami (Florida) in 1980, then joined the faculty of St. Francis-Xavier University in Nova Scotia where he helped develop Canada's first university accredited jazz studies program. He accepted his present position at McGill in 1984 and designed and developed the first jazz curriculum there.

In 1986 Kevin co-founded the Jazz Association of Montreal and served as their first president. Kevin is active as a performer, composer, clinician and adjudicator and was a faculty member of the Jamey Aebersold Summer Jazz Workshops from 1984 to1996. He is featured on over fifteen CD's, including six with his original music: Minor Indiscretions (McGill Records 1991), Kevin Dean, Since 1954 (McGill Records 1993), Kevin's Heaven (Double Time records 1995) Moments Musicaux (Radioland records 1996), Over at Ola's (Hot Club records 1997, recorded during a sabbatical year in Norway) and Venous Lake (Gemini records 1998) which features guitarist Louis Stewart and bassist Neil Swainson and is enhanced with CD-ROM video material from the recording session. His composition "Andre's Footsteps" was one of seven jazz pieces chosen to be part of a four CD set of Canadian music compiled and released by the Canada Council for the Arts celebrating the 50th anniversary of the United Nations.

Kevin has performed in concert and recorded with numerous well-known jazz artists including Jimmy Heath, Benny Golson, Joe Henderson and Barry Harris. In recent years Kevin has begun to play and perform on the Hammond organ and has a quartet that features Andre White playing drums and saxophonists Mike Murley and John Nugent. The group performed at jazz festivals in Montreal, Sweden, and Finland last summer and released their first CD; Kevin Dean Organ Band, Live at Upstairs.


Kevin Dean - The Vintage Horn

Montreal trumpet legend Kevin Dean muses on vintagehorns, and their appeal to collectors and musicians.

Dean speaks candidly about his struggle to choose between an old and new instrument - the vintage Martin Committee in his hands revealing his current preference. We see and hear Dean try out an unusual period instrument featured in 'Trumpet Impressions', a fine art photographic exhibition based on antique horns ( rare prototype 1930's Conn cornet comes alive in Dean's hands, transporting the viewer, and musician, to an earlier time.

From 'Trumpet Impressions' - A series of 30 fine art trumpet portraits have been masterfully produced by two photographic artists using early techniques; the Cyanotype (a 19th century process using sunlight, shadoand water to create blue impressions), and traditional 20th century silverbased black and white. Examples are seen in this film. Directed by Randy Cole.

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