BRIAN DEAN is a versatile and gifted pianist, creative composer, passionate educator and an active performer currently residing in Maryland's Eastern Shore. Brian started playing the piano at age 8, and was playing professionally by the age of 10. He has been a featured soloist and accompanist in both jazz and classical idioms, and has written and arranged music for a variety of ensembles. He has recorded several albums including his own trio album "Waiting for Answers" and most recently "Blues for the Current Status of Your 401k" with the Brian Perez Group.

Brian is Assistant Professor of Jazz Piano and coordinator of jazz and pop ensembles at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. He earned his doctorate in jazz studies at the University of Colorado in Boulder where he was also awarded a graduate teaching assistantship. He is a graduate of the University of Miami's prestigious Frost School of Music where he received a master’s degree in Jazz Pedagogy with academic distinction. Brian holds a bachelor’s degree in classical piano from Central Washington University.

As a performer, Brian has played with Alex Norris, Bobby Shew, Nancy King, Brad Goode, John Fedchock, Kristin Korb, Johannes Weidenmueller, Bjorn Thoroddsen, and Joscho Stephan among several others. He regularly performs in the nation’s premier jazz venues and has performed at the national MENC and IAJE conventions, as well as festivals throughout the country. As a composer, Brian's works have been featured in several professional and collegiate ensembles throughout the country.

He is available as a performer/guest artist, clinician, and for commissions of compositions and arrangements for various ensembles. Please contact him directly if you are interested.