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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.

The band at a wedding reception or other event can have a big impact on how the evening goes. As veterans of thousands of performances, our band has been instrumental in bringing a great time to many satisfied clients. We feel confident that we can make your event a success as well.

Typically, most wedding receptions require two distinctly different bands---starting with a quiet ensemble playing background music allowing guests time to mingle & to reminisce with the bride & groom. The quiet music continues through dinner or hors d'oeuvres, but at a certain point the "other band" needs to kick the party into gear. With high-energy dance music, along with other special numbers, this band is instrumental in replacing the stress of all the preparations and planning with a great time.

With our group, you get both bands, as well as a group that can play some country music, salsa, ethnic favorites, big band, you name it. We also provide a sound system, including CD player for continuous music during the band breaks. You get all this at a competitive price.

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-present--Freelancer In The Houston Area

Awards & Achievements

  • 1980--Texas All-State Jazz Ensemble member
  • 1995-present--Member Of Faculty, Texas Music Festival, University of Houston
  • 1996-present--Member Of Faculty, Summer Jazz Workshop, Willowridge Campus
  • 1997--Editor-in-Chief of JazzHouston.com
  • 1997--Featured Clinician at Lee College, Baytown, TX
  • 1997--Featured Soloist with Brazosport College Jazz Ensemble, Lake Jackson, TX

Jazz EssentialsMusic Textbook, "Jazz Essentials-Nuts & Bolts Instruction For The Jazz & Pop Musician", published by Hal Leonard

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

Leader of Award-winning TKOh!

Soon To Graduate From University of Houston w/ Bachelor's in Flute Performance

Board Member Of The Milt Larkin Jazz Society

Kelly Dean has performed with these popular artists:
Ray Charles
The Four Tops
Lesley Gore
The Coasters
Bernadette Peters
Kenny Rogers
Janie Fricke
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

Kelly Dean has performed with these Houston Area groups:
Commercial Art
Ronnie Renfrow Big Band
Bubbha Thomas
Scott Gertner
Liberty Baptist Church
Danny Ward Orchestra
Larry Slezak & Sax No End
Nobody's Fool
Ed Gerlach Orchestra
Ricky Diaz & The Houston Jazz Orchestra
Big Picture
1st Baptist Church of Katy
Evangelistic Temple
2nd Baptist Church (studio work)
Family Tree
Joe "Guitar" Hughes
Gilbert Sedeno
Dennis Dotson & The HCC Westchester Big Band
Green Onions
Steve Draper
Bayou Bop
Maria Williams Big Band
Kenny Cordray & Blue Science (performed on 1 CD)
The Fabulous Jalapeņos
Larry Ratajczak
Ezra Charles & The Works (performed on 2 CD's)
Sprawl (performed on 2 CD's)
Manny Uthers