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“I’ve been spoiled, playing with some of the world’s best drummers, and Dean sits right up there with the best of them. Solid and right in the pocket.” – Mic Gillette, Tower of Power

“Hey Dean, just wanted to say thanks for all the awesome work. Your versatility always amazes me. The funk tracks, the latin tracks, the swing tracks, all just the right touches. You know your stuff and you’re a down to biz pro. Makes the sessions so pleasurable!” – Ralph Carter, Film and Television Composer

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“Dean locks up the groove so tight, can’t nothing get out!” – Danny Pelfrey, Composer / Producer / Musician

I have had the opportunity over the 40+ years playing with some of the greatest drummers, ranging from Buddy Rich, Peter Erskine, Sonny Payne, Louis Bellson, Steve Gadd and a host of the greatest of drummers. Dean Giles is among the top plateau of drummers, a perfect combination of technical prowess and musicality that is hard to find. Playing with Dean is always a great musical moment and I always look forward to gigs when he is on the stage. It’s vital to have a reliable foundation in any musical event and he has proven to be a perfect man for the job. Greg Smith – The Eagles, LA Studios

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Dean Giles is a perfect drummer for our regional band. He brings so many different styles to the band and performs them all well with authenticity. His pocket is behind the beat which I prefer and his placement is excellent. A mature experienced player, Dean is never too loud and his cymbal work is tasty. Love the sound of his kit. He is always on the money and right on time! Kenny Lee Lewis-Steve Miller Band

Nicole in Napa

Nicole in Napa

September 7th 2016 I did a fun show in Napa California with the Nicole Stromsoe Quintet. Nicole Stromsoe – Vocals Dorian Michael – Guitar Ken Hustad – Bass Darrell Voss – Vibes and...
The Cinders New Clothes

The Cinders New Clothes

The Cinders Blues Band has published some new videos of their most popular tunes, check em’ out! If you’d like to book the band you can contact me through this site. The Cinders Blues Band...
He Was Still a Young Man

He Was Still a Young Man

On January 17, 2016 we lost an amazing musician and a great person, Mic Gillette. Mic was a founding member of the group “Tower of Power” and played some of the most iconic trumpet solos in music,...
Late Night Tracks

Late Night Tracks

Molly Pasutti has completed her CD “Late Night Lemon Drop”. I was busy in the studio in 2015 with Molly recording the CD and recording tracks for use on the CW television...
Madz About Her

Madz About Her

Vocalist Madz Johnson is making waves, air waves that is, in the Phillippines and Japan with her hit single “Smile”. I was happy to play on the track for Madz which was written by Madz, Tony...
Rio in Monterey

Rio in Monterey

May 31st 2015 Rio Salinas played a triple bill will Louie and the Lovers and headliner The Texas Tornados. Rio was joined once again by Mic Gillette on Trumpet (Tower of Power) and Greg Smith on Sax (The...
McCann News

McCann News

Wow a wonderful endorsement from Capitol Artists in LA, for the Steve McCann Group, listed as one of the best LA Jazz Bands. It’s amazing to be mentioned along side Clayton-Hamilton, and the other fine...
Music Insider

Music Insider

Thanks to Teri Doty Editor In Chief of Music Insider Magazine for her feature on jazz band “Human Nation”. Click the photo below to check out the...
Molly Cues

Molly Cues

I had the pleasure of spending a few days in the studio this week with Molly Pasutti Dunlap. We recorded several tunes for her and writing partner Dorian Michael. The material is slated for an LA music library...
Annual Benefit for Vet’s

Annual Benefit for Vet’s

It was again a pleasure to be a part of the annual benefit for the Veterans Express Shuttle Service. Thanks to all of the event volunteers and organizers for doing a great job. We’ll see you again next...
Texas Soul

Texas Soul

Joe Koenig’s new CD “Bleed Like You Bleed” is now available. I’m honored to be part of the project and it was great fun working with producer Mike McLaughlin and Joe on the...
Finding Silver Man

Finding Silver Man

It is with deep sadness that I acknowledge the passing of a teacher, mentor and collegue Mr. Chuck Silverman on May 1st 2014. Chuck was the first teacher I encountered at Musicians Institute. I’ll never...
Nicole Has Pipes

Nicole Has Pipes

I recently did a video demo for singer Nicole Stromsoe. The video also featured guitarist Dorian Michael. I’m sure you will enjoy her voice….check it...
Rio Goes Home

Rio Goes Home

Rio Salinas recently played to a home town crowd in Monterey at the World Theatre on the campus of California State University at Monterey Bay. The band features Grammy Winner Louie Ortega and we were pleased...
Rio Salinas “Into The Night”

Rio Salinas “Into The Night”

Rio Salinas releases their debut CD “Into The Night”. Featuring Grammy Award Winner Louie Ortega from “The Texas Tornado’s”. Randy Pybas, Frank Paredes from Salsa Brava and Rob...

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