Dan Elbert is a saxophonist, composer, teacher, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area.

His music is shaped by the unique perspective of (perhaps inadvisably) quitting a six figure job; moving to a remote village in Northern Thailand to study jazz; growing tired of what was more or less farm life and moving to the city, soon becoming part of a Thai jazz co-operative; braving the reverse culture (and sticker) shock of returning to the US, thanks to a very generous scholarship from Berklee; completing his masters at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, studying with such greats as Danilo Perez, Joe Lovano, George Garzone, John Patitucci, Terri Lyne Carrington, Dave Liebman, Kenny Werner, and others; and finally, amidst more chaos than he is accustomed to, despite having lived in Thailand through the 2014 coup d'état, working to release his debut album in 2021.

Dan has been fortunate to perform all over the world, including recent tours in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Panama, and Costa Rica, and has shared the stage with many great artists, including Danilo Perez, Kenny Werner, Ralph Thomas (Sun Ra Arkestra, Quincy Jones), Benjamin Koen (David Murray, Cecil Taylor), Uriel Barthelemi, Opor Red, R&B singer Allen Stone, and singer-songwriter Amanda Palmer.


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