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DEAN SCOTT CRIMMINS IS A POP SINGER AND SONGWRITER WITH A WIDE MUSICAL INFLUENCE SPANNING FROM JAZZ TO POP, ROCK, SOUL AND BLUES.

 DEAN LEARNED THE MUSICAL LANGUAGE FROM AN EARLY AGE ON. HIS FATHER, ROY CRIMMINS WAS A PROFESSIONAL JAZZ TROMBONE PLAYER WHO PLAYED WITH MANY GREAT MUSICIANS SUCH AS LOUIS ARMSTRONG, PEE WEE RUSSELL, WILD BILL DAVISON, HENRY RED ALLEN, BUD FREEMAN, DON BYAS, ALEX WELSH AND SEVERAL ELLINGTONIANS A.O. 

 "I HEARD A LOT OF JAZZ AND CLASSICAL MUSIC AT HOME. ONE DAY - I MUST HAVE BEEN 6 YEARS OLD - MY FATHER GAVE ME TWO MUSIC CASSETTES: "THE BEATLES, 1962-1966" AND "ELVIS PRESLEY, GREATEST HITS", I IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH THE BEATLES AND THAT WAS IT REALLY: I DECIDED I WANTED TO BE EITHER A FOOTBALL PLAYER WEARING THE NO. 7 SHIRT LIKE KEVIN KEEGAN OR BE A MUSICIAN."

DEAN STARTED PLAYING THE TRUMPET WHEN HE WAS 7 YEARS OLD AND THE PIANO WHEN HE WAS 13. WHEN HE TURNED 16, HE TOOK UP THE ELECTRIC GUITAR AND STARTED PLAYING IN SEVERAL POP ROCK BANDS. LATER ON HE STUDIED MUSIC AND PEDAGOGY AND GRADUATED WITH A MASTER DEGREE.

 "STUDYING MUSIC, TEACHING GUITAR AND PLAYING GUITAR AS A SIDEMAN IN DIFFERENT POP, ROCK AND JAZZ FORMATIONS SINCE THE LATE 80ies GAVE ME THE "TOOLS", THE KNOWLEDGE AND THE SELF ASSURANCE TO COMPOSE MY OWN MUSIC AND WITH THAT, DECIDING TO BE MY OWN LEAD VOCALIST."

HIS DISTINCTIVE VOICE HAS A TOUCH OF JAZZ AND BLUES. DEAN ADMIRES SINGERS LIKE FRANK SINATRA, JOHN LENNON, BOB DYLAN, ROD STEWART, BILLY HOLIDAY, BUT ALSO VOCALISTS WHO ARE MORE FAMOUS FOR PLAYING AN INSTRUMENT THAN SINGING, LIKE JACK TEAGARDEN OR CHET BAKER.

 "IM NOT TRYING TO COPY THEM OR TO SOUND LIKE THESE GREAT VOCALISTS, BUT THEY HAVE INFLUENCED ME A LOT. IM LEARNING FROM THEM HOW TO PHRASE, SWING, HOW TO SING A SENTENCE IN DIFFERENT WAYS, WHERE TO BREATH, ARTICULATE, SHAPE A MELODY, GIVE COLOR, GIVE FLESH TO THE BONES SO TO SPEAK."

AFTER A 3 YEAR STINT IN CAIRO, EGYPT WHERE HE RECORDED SOME OF HIS OWN MUSIC, DEAN NOW LIVES IN NEW YORK CITY AND JUST FINISHED RECORDING NEW SONGS WITH SOME GREAT MUSICIANS: SHAWN PELTON ON DRUMS, CONRAD KORSCH ON ELECTRIC AND UPRIGHT BASS, LUCY WOODWARD ON BACKING VOCALS AND LINUS WYRSCH ON TENOR SAX. ALL SONGS, ARRANGEMENTS AND LYRICS ARE BY DEAN HIMSELF.

DEAN IS CURRENTLY PROMOTING HIS SELF TITLED EP WITH SEVERAL LIVE SHOWS IN NEW YORK, JOINING HIM IN HIS BAND ARE MEMBERS OF THE CINDY LAUPER & BLONDIE BAND.

SOME OF DEAN`S FAVORITE MUSICIANS AND BANDS ARE: THE BEATLES, BOB DYLAN, THE BAND, THE FACES, ROXY MUSIC, FRANK SINATRA, DUKE ELLINGTON, ARTIE SHAW, CHARLES MINGUS.