Colin Dean, BFA Jazz Performance '06
Colin is a professional bassist and composer and a consultant on music business and international affairs. He currently works part-time for AFM Local 1000, the North American Traveling Musicians Union. He is an alumnus of both The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music and the New School's Graduate Program in International Affairs, where his area of concentration was security and conflict.
In 2010, Colin released his debut record, Shiwasu, to critical acclaim from publications such as Jazz Times and Jazz Inside Magazine; the album received national radio airplay on programs including NPR's Weekend Edition. He has headlined performances at venues such as the Blue Note and Joe's Pub in New York and has performed in major venues and music festivals throughout North America. He has collaborated with Grammy-nominated talent in genres ranging from Latin jazz to hip-hop and has opened for notable artists including Snoop Dogg. Colin is currently playing bass in a number of projects featuring some of Broadway's top vocalists.
Colin interned at Velour Music Group after finishing his undergraduate studies. He served for nearly three years as communications and marketing coordinator for iASO Records, an independent world music label. He has also worked as a consultant and music director for Nomadic Wax, a U.S.-based social enterprise that produces music, film, and educational events promoting cross-cultural exchange and awareness of global issues. Colin volunteers on the Artists for Peace Concert Series planning committee for the lay Buddhist organization SGI-USA and on the Justice for Jazz Artists Committee at AFM Local 802, the Musicians Union for Greater New York. Much of Colin's graduate-level research focused on music in international affairs and cultural diplomacy, and he aspires to work internationally using music as a tool to promote peace.