About Dean Elson


"DeanoTheSaxman" (Hampshire, U.K.)

About Dean Elson:

My Musical Background:

I play Clarinet, Soprano, Alto, C Melody, Tenor, Baritone Sax's and started playing from a very early age. As well as Clarinet and all Saxophones, I also play and experiment on E.W.I. "Electronic Woodwind Instrument" with band's. I started playing the Recorder at school at the age of 6 years, and at the age of 10 years I started on Clarinet and studied both Clarinet and Theory of music until the age of 15 when I then started to learn the finer points of playing Sax. Although not a truly accomplished Musician, I have gigged with most bands in the South of England, with an excellent reputation as a improviser and a session Musician. In 2000 I returned to the UK, I was formerly living in Eire. A session Musician for countless years, I have gigged with many known Musician's and some not so known. I have my roots firmly planted in Soul / Jazz / Blues which goes a long way to describing my melodic, soulful approaches to melody lines, I have been described as "One of the South's Premier Sax players", and I work with Soul / Jazz / Blues and other function band's in the South of England region. Soprano Sax is a particular love of mine, and this really does come across in many of the numbers I have in my various Sax set's, the almost crying melody's of the Soprano Sax, are a testament to this, and the envy of many a fine Sax player. I have for years studied improvisation and the art of this most unusual music form, which bears witness in my playing, and is unusual, with my melodic overtones. I was first introduced to Sax from an early age, and I have been playing ever since, Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) theory exams under my belt complimented with my soulful playing and improvisation, improves the atmosphere and sound of many band's. I have had the great honor and pleasure to have played with and for the following known, and not so known Musician's and group's, whilst working as one of the South of England's leading session Musician's.


(In Alphabetical Order)

Albert Hall (London)

Alan Price

Andy Comley

Ben E. King

Bob Pearce

Chris Shakespeare

Curtis Mayfield

Damiain Lodrick

Edwin Starr

Eric Bell

Geno Washington

Gloria Gaynor

Hayley-Ria Christian

Helen Crathorne

Herbie Armstrong (Ex Acoustic Guitar & Vocals for Van Morrison)
(Semi Finalist "Britains Got Talent" 2011)

Jimmy Ruffin

Katie Kissoon (Ex backing singer for Van Morrison)

Kenny Young (Writer of) "Under The Boardwalk"

Laurie Holloway

Nick Beggs (kajagoogoo)

Pete Harris (Blues Band)

Peter Van Hooke (Producer & Ex Drummer for Van Morrison)

Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club (London)

Scott English (Writer of the Barry Manilow cover song "Mandy" / "Brandy")

Sid Carter (Great Southampton Clarinet & Sax Player)

Vernon Lewis (Soul & Motown) A Phenominal Soulful Singer


(Amongst bands, I have had the privilege to have played with the following local Groups)

The Aitch Brothers


Bad Toad

Big Red (Ex Member)

Bob Pearce Blues Band

Boy's White Teeth (Ex Member)



Harry Hammersmith & The Flyovers (Ex Member)

Herbie Armstrong Band

I Am Ted Bovis (Ex Member)


Jack's House

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Perry / Ellis

Perry / Stonehill

Pub Idles / Jemini

Rufus Stone (Ex Member)


Somethin' Else (Rock & Sax)

Steam Machine

Stoned Soul Picnic


The Aitch Brothers

The Bloody Nice Blokes

The Cheese Doctors

The Mustangs

The Noise Next Door

The Toasters (Essex Function Band)

Tobacco Dock Blues Band

Tongue In Groove



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