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As a world-class saxophonist/flutist, Dann Zinn is renowned for being a passionate soloist and composer/arranger. Hailed over the years as "inventive," "distinctive," and for "creating a stunning and emotional listening experience," Dann has developed a unique style distinguishing him as a one of a kind artist with a tone unlike any other horn player on the jazz scene today. Zinn has been credited with offering a rich and full-bodied musical experience noted as “auspicious,” “truly impressive,” and “brilliant!” Zinn’s music is said to combine “Garbarek’s crystalline sound with a handful of East Bay grease.”
Zinn’s newest recording of Grace’s Song, with The Dann Zinn 4, featuring Taylor Eigsti on piano, John Shifflett on bass, and Alan Hall on drums, highlights Zinn’s original compositions and magnificent arrangements of the timeless standard Stardust by Hogie Carmichael and the classic Sting tune, King of Pain.
Zinn’s performances have spanned international stages including being featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, Kuumbwa, and the world famous Yoshi’s, where he has played to sold-out crowds. In addition to his three original CDs, Ten Songs, Wish, and his latest, Grace’s Song, his impressive discography includes over 80 appearances as a featured soloist and sideman on albums with prominent musicians.
When he is not recording and gigging, Zinn is teaching the best and the brightest jazz musicians in the country. He is currently the Director of Jazz Studies at the California State University East Bay, is director of the San Francisco Jazz Festival High School All Star combo, is on the faculty of the University of California at Berkeley, The Jazz School in Berkeley, Chabot College, and the Brubeck Institute.