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Kelly Dean has become one of Houston's most sought-after musicians. A regular performer on sax, flute, and vocals, Mr. Dean has carved out a reputation as a solid, reliable addition to any musical situation.

     A Brief History:

  • 1962--Born in Houston, TX (St. Luke's Hospital)
  • 1981--Graduate of the Arts Magnet High School, (Dallas, TX)
  • 1981-1984--Attended North Texas State University as a Jazz Studies Major
  • 1984-1992--Performed in 40 states & The Caribbean
  • 1992-1999--Freelancer In The Houston Area
  • 2001--Graduate--University of Houston w/ Bachelor's in Flute Performance
  • 2000-Present--Leader of Kelly Dean Group & Grenade
Awards & Achievements


  • 1980--Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble member
  • 1995-1999--Member Of Faculty, Texas Music Festival, University of Houston
  • 1996-Present--Member Of Faculty, Summer Jazz Workshop, Willowridge Campus
  • 1997-Present--Editor-in-Chief of
  • 1997--Featured Clinician at Lee College, Baytown, TX
  • 1997--Featured Soloist with Brazosport College Jazz Ensemble, Lake Jackson, TX
  • 2001--Featured Soloist @ PBS Channel 8 Pledge Drive

Jazz Fundamentals Instructor at Houston's High School For The Performing And Visual Arts (HSPVA)

Board Member Of The Milt Larkin Jazz Society

Has Written

"Jazz Essentials-Nuts & Bolts Instruction For The Jazz & Pop Musician"

published by Hal Leonard

Book Description
In music, students are often force-fed scales, without ever really being told why these scales are important. By the end of this book you'll understand not only the relation between scales and chords, but also other basics that will get you understanding and playing music better. For all levels of musicians, and all instruments.

Kelly Dean & his group has performed for this clients:
AIM Management
Arthur Andersen
Christofle Houston Galleria
Int'l Brangus Bull Breeders Association
Fogarty Klein Monroe
Goldston Oil
Hahn Field Witmer Davis
The Honor Roll School PTA
Houston Country Club
Houston Int'l Festival--Mayor's Gala
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo
Howrey Simon Arnold & White
Interfaith Ministries
King Investment Advisors

Lubbock Country Club
Magenheim, Bateman & Helfand, PLLC
Melange Events
Morris Architects
Nortech Industries
Reliant Energy
River Oaks Country Club
River Oaks Town Homes
Sempra Energy Trading
Storage Provider
Trione & Gordon
Vinson & Elkins
Walter Oil & Gas
...and thousands of wedding receptions...

Kelly Dean has performed with this popular artists:

Ray Charles
The Four Tops
Lesley Gore
The Coasters
Bernadette Peters
Kenny Rogers
Janie Fricke
Leader of Award-winning TKOh!

Peter Marshall
Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme
Frankie Valli
Buddy Greco
John Denver
The Drifters
Lorna Luft
Jazz artists:
  Shelly Berg
Bill Watrous
Adam Nussbaum
Ed Thigpen
Conrad Herwig

Terence Blanchard
Charlie Haden
Mike Smith
David Murray
David Taylor

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