Dean'o plays Clarinet, Soprano, Alto, C Melody, Tenor, Baritone sax's and started playing from a very early age. As well as Clarinet & all Sax's, Dean'o also plays and experiments on "EWI" Electronic Wind Instruments with bands. Dean'o started playing recorder at school at the age of 6 years, at the age of 10 years he started on Clarinet and studied both Clarinet and Theory of music until the age of 15 when he then started to learn the finer points of playing Sax. Although not a truly accomplished musician, Dean'o has gigged with most bands in the South of England with an excellent reputation as a improviser and a session musician and until recently returning to the UK, was formerly living in Eire. A session musician for countless years, Dean'o has gigged with many Known musicians and some not so known. Dean'o has his roots firmly planted in Soul / Jazz / blues which goes a long way to describing his melodic soulful approaches to melody lines, has been described as one of the South's premier Sax players, and is always in demand with Soul & function bands in the region. Soprano Sax is a particular love of Dean'o, and this really does come across in many of the numbers he has in his set, the almost crying melody's of the Soprano, are a testament to this, and the envy of many a fine Sax player. Dean'o has for years studied improvisation and the art of this most unusual music form, which bears witness to his playing, which is unusual, with melodic undertones. Dean'o was first introduced to sax from a very early age, and has been playing ever since, Royal school of Music exams for theory under his belt complimenting the soulful playing and filling in for the general tone of any band. Dean'o has had the honor to have played for/with the following known musicians, whilst working as one of the south's leading session musician's.
Herbie Armstrong with special guests "Scott English" "Kenny Young" & "Katie Kissoon"
Herbie Armstrong, one time collaborator and guitarist for Van Morrison became a firm favourite with the British public when he reached the Semi Final Of Britains Got Talent earlier this year. Famous for having been stopped by Amanda Holden and asked to play 'something else' he went straight into 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You' written by Van Morrison and received a standing ovation from the studio audience. Since then Herbie Armstrong has been on numerous radio and TV shows, is planning a tour to promote the release of this album, and has already appeared on BBC Breakfast TV. Featuring a collection of original material as well as Mandy or "Brandy" (As was written by Scott English & later covered by Barry Manilow as "Mandy") and Have I Told You (both performed on Britains Got Talent), this set showcases not only his song-writing talents but his first class guitar playing and soulful vocals. There a whole cast of top musicians backing Herbie, including Peter Van Hooke, Patrick O Hearn, Pee Wee Ellis and Rod Argent. We expect strong media support for the release of this album; catch Herbie at a town near you.
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Yamaha Wx-5 Wind controller with
Yamaha VL70-M Synth module
My main inspirations are:
My main inspirations are the following Sax Players, who without their continued brilliance, there would be no more hope for the saxophone, may they continue to excel in their brilliance.
Andy Sheppard (Brilliant UK Sax)
Bill Evans (USA)
Chris (SNAKE) Davis (Brilliant UK Player)
Chris White (UK)(Dire Straits)
Clarence Clemons "R.I.P." (Brilliant USA Player)
Dave Koz (USA)
David Sanborn (The Man)
Gary Bias (Earth, Wind & Fire)
Gerald Albright (Out Of This World)
Grover Washington "R.I.P." (Brilliant USA Player)
Ian Kirkham (Simply Red)
Kenny G (Brilliant Soprano Sax)
Kirk Whalum (Phenominal Sax Player)
Michael Brecker "R.I.P." (Weird Jazz Man)
Nigel Hitchcock (Phenominal UK Sax Player)
Paul Taylor (USA)
Simon Willescroft (UK)(Duran, Duran)
To you guy's, I owe all my inspirations.
Thank-you, may you continue to prosper !!