Growing up just outside San Francisco and immersed in music at an early age, Dan Elbert has been playing saxophone for nearly 20 years.

After a long period away from music, in 2012, Dan relocated to Thailand to devote himself to several years of focused study. His first year was spent in relative seclusion, learning jazz on his own in a remote village.

In 2013, Dan moved to Chiang Mai, one of the country’s largest cities and an arts capital in the region. There, he fast became a major presence in the jazz community, regularly performing at the city’s famous North Gate Jazz Cooperative, as well as other major venues and festivals. In addition to a demanding performance schedule, Dan was a sought-after private teacher, and served as the Performing Arts Director at the prestigious American Pacific International School.

In 2015, Dan was fortunate to get a generous scholarship to pursue a diploma program at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and returned to the US after three years abroad. There, he spent several years studying at the prestigious Berklee Global Jazz Institute, working under the direction of such world-class players as Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, Joe Lovano, Terri Lyne Carrington, Ben Street, Adam Cruz, George Garzone, and Kenny Werner.

In 2019, Dan received a full scholarship to continue his studies as a graduate student in the Global Jazz Institute. The program, led by artistic director Danilo Perez, has a broad scope, focusing on exploring musical creativity, advancing the power of music as a tool for social change, and connecting music with the natural environment.

With roots on two continents, Dan been fortunate to perform all over the world, including recent tours in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Panama, and Costa Rica. He 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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