Jamael Dean
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Jamael Dean - photo by Samantha Lee

Pianist, producer, jazz prodigy, and just 20 years old, Jamael Dean has already collaborated and performed with the likes of Kamasi Washington, Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson and Carlos Niño. His music reflects the dual influence of his Los Angeles contemporaries and jazz ancestors – Sun Ra, Alice Coltrane, Herbie Hancock and soul jazz drummer Donald Dean, who is also his his grandfather. The Los Angeles scene, he says, is “the only place I can go in the same day to a jam session with music from the 20s and 30s to another session with music in the 40s through the 80s, and after that play music with my friends from that era onwards."