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  • Dan Sabanovich (2014)

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    In his role as educator, percussion master Dan Sabanovich has left in his wake hundreds, if not thousands, of satisfied students.

    Dan grew up, first in his native Chicago and then here in the Bay Area, before attending to Berklee School of Music in Boston and then returning to finish up at San Jose State. He liked it so much that he was a member of the faculty for 25 years. For almost a decade after "retiring", he kept his teaching hand in as a part-timer at West Valley College and De Anza College.

    The list of those Dan's played with in the Bay Area includes some impressive names: Gary Burton, Bobby Hutcherson, George Cables, Joe Henderson, John Scofield, and too many more to mention.

    One of Dan's great loves is Brazilian music, and as a consequence he's been a frequent visitor to that country. In 1986, he even put out a Brazilian percussion manual.

    Dan's primary focus now is exercising his recording ears. He's a Pro Tools expert with his own studio, and he consults, records, produces, and mixes for a bevy of jazz to pop to chamber music projects.

    On his new album, "For a Friend", Dan appears in several of those roles and adds performer, composer and arranger. It's a true labor of love, in honor of one of his great friends and mentors, Elvin Jones.
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Larry Young Unity The Moontrane Blue Note
    # 2 Miles Davis and Gil Evans Porgy and Bess Gone Columbia
    # 3 Elvin Jones Puttin' It Together Gingerbread Boy Blue Note
    # 4 Hubert Laws The Rite of Spring The Rite of Spring CTI
    # 5 The Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Orchestra Live at the Village Vanguard Don't Get Sassy Vanguard
    # 6 Chick Corea Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Now He Sings, Now He Sobs Blue Note
    # 7 John Coltrane Ballads All or Nothing at All Impulse
    # 8 Elvin Jones and Richard Davis Heavy Sounds Shiny Stockings Impulse
    Book Ken Keyes jr, "Handbook to Higher Consciousness"
    Luxury Item "My iPad"
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    George Cotsirilos
    09 Feb
    Ed Klitsch
    05 Jan