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Growing up just outside San Francisco, Dan Elbert has been playing saxophone for nearly 20 years. Raised in the bebop tradition, today he is exploring a range of musics, from free jazz to West African Wassoulou, Thai Morlam, and many others.

After high school, Dan took a long hiatus from music, first pursuing a degree in Business at UC Berkeley, and then a career as a consultant at Deloitte. After nearly five years away from the horn, however, Dan returned to music in 2010, performing with a number of singer-songwriters and R&B acts in San Francisco.

In 2012, Dan quit his consulting job and relocated to Thailand to devote himself to several years of intense musical study. His first year was spent in relative seclusion, practicing on his own in a remote village.

In 2013, Dan moved to Chiang Mai, one of the country’s major 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 study at Berklee College of Music in Boston, and returned to the US after three years abroad. While he continues to perform and teach, Dan is currently focused on his studies at the Berklee Global Jazz Institute, where he works under the direction of a number of world-class players including Danilo Perez, John Patitucci, and Joe Lovano.

With roots on two continents, Dan been fortunate to perform all over the world, including recent tours as both a leader and sideman 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.