Speaking of technical brilliance, the show was opened by an impressive set by vibraphonist Tom Collier and electric bassist Dan Dean.
The Seattle-based duo of vibist Tom Collier and bassist Dan Dean have been making music together for four decades. Meeting in Junior High School, they quickly progressed to becoming regular members of the Seattle jazz and club scene performing with local legends and visiting jazz stars such as Shelly Manne, Buddy DeFranco, Barney Kessel and Howard Roberts.
Relocating to Los Angeles in 1974, they hooked up with mallet player extraordinaire Emil Richards and formed a mallet jazz quintet featuring pianist Don Grusin performing at clubs around L.A. They also performed with many other important L.A. jazz musicians including Ernie Watts, Bill Mays, Bobby Shew, Tom Scott, Donny Hathaway, Freddie Hubbard and more at Donte's, Don Randi's Baked Potato and other L.A. venues.
Returning to the Northwest in the late '70's, Dan began writing and producing radio and TV commercials and the two began performing with national jazz artists at "Parnell's" in Seattle. Over the next two years, they played with Eddie Harris, longtime friends Howard Roberts and Ernie Watts, Blue Mitchell and Harold Land, Ernestine Anderson, Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson and many others. In 1979, the duo released their first record "Whistling Midgets" for Inner City Records featuring Don Grusin, Ernie Watts and Alex Acuna.
Besides performing, Dan runs Dan Dean Productions, Inc., writing and producing commercial music for clients like Coke, Diet Coke, Boeing, Hewlett Packard, Columbia Sportswear, Nike, Microsoft and others, receiving the Golden Lion from the Cannes Film Festival, Addy's, Tellys, IBA's and a host of other awards for advertising. Dan also authored the very successful "Electric Bass Method" and "Studio Series for Electric Bass" for Hal Leonard Publishing. Tom began an association with the University of Washington in 1980 as the Director of Percussion Studies. Twenty five years later, he continues to hold that position and has published twenty-two educational publications and recordings for Music Minus One and a History of Jazz study guide for Kendall-Hunt Publishers.
For more information about Collier & Dean, please visit: http://www.tomcolliervibes.com.
The Acoustic Jazz Quartet
Deardorf / Peterson Group
Upper Left Trio
Deep Blue Organ Trio
Roy Assaf & Eddy Khaimovich Quartet
Linda Tsatsanis & John Lenti
Seattle Trumpet Consort
Free Range Saxophone Quartet
Douglas Detrick\'s AnyWhen Ensemble
The Spin Quartet
New York Voices
Purna Loka Ensemble
Alon Farber Hagiga
Ben Thomas Tango Project
Metropolitan Jazz Octet
Last Word Quintet