About Dean Elson


"DeanoTheSaxman" (Hampshire, U.K.)

About Dean Elson:

My Musical Background:

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.


(In Alphabetical Order)

Andy Comley

Ben E King

Bob Pearce

Chris Shakespeare

Curtis Mayfield

Damiain Lodrick "D.L.B. Band"

Edwin Starr

Eric Bell

Geno Washington

Gloria Gaynor

Helen Crathorne

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

Jimmy Ruffin

Jo Long

Katie Kissoon ( Ex backing singer for Van Morrison )

Kenny Young ( Writer of ) "Under The Boardwalk"

Nick Beggs ( kajagoogoo )

Peter Van Hooke ( Ex Drummer for Van Morrison )

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

Sid Carter ( Great Southampton Clarinet & Sax Player )


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

Aitch Brothers


Bad Toad

Big Red (Ex Member)

Bob Pearce (Blues Band)

Boy's White Teeth (Ex Member)

Duran 2 (Duran Duran Tribute Band)

Dave Martin (Dr Blue)

D.L.B. (Damiain Lodrick) "Jazz Quartet"

Down To Earth "Essex Band"


Harry Hammersmith & The Flyovers (Ex Member)

I Am Ted Bovis (Ex Member)


Jack's House

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Perry / Ellis

Pete Harris (Blues Band)

Pub Idles / Jemini

Rufus Stone (Ex Member)


Steam Machine

Stoned Soul Picnic


The Bloody Nice Blokes

The Cheese Doctors (Ex Member)

Tobacco Dock Blues Band "Essex"