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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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    Chris Amberger
    23 Jun
    Gerald Beckett
    01 Sep
    Buzz Brooks
    28 Apr
    Jarrett Cherner
    16 Jun
    Kev Choice
    30 Jun
    Anat Cohen
    28 Jul
    Natalie Cressman
    10 Feb
    Hershey Felder
    07 Apr
    Mitchell Feldman
    18 Aug
    Mike Galisatus
    03 Nov
    Aaron Germain
    06 Jan
    Robin Gregory
    17 Feb
    Tamir Hendelman
    13 Oct
    Kasey Knudsen
    17 Mar
    Matthew Montfort
    26 May
    Dan Montgomery
    06 Oct
    Andrea Motis
    21 Jul
    Ray Obiedo
    10 Mar
    Jayn Pettingill
    17 Nov
    John Pizzarelli
    25 Aug
    Sandi Poindexter
    24 Mar
    Don Randi
    20 Oct
    David Rogers
    24 Feb
    Eric Whittington
    29 Sep
    George Winston
    04 Aug
    Lizz Wright
    09 Jun
    Jason Yeager
    02 Jun