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Dean Tsur

Dean Tsur is an award-winning saxophonist, composer, and bandleader originally from Israel and based out of New York.

Dean is a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Competition and winner of the North American Saxophone Alliance Competition and Carinthian International Jazz Award. Dean has performed with GRAMMY winners Roy Hargrove and Wynton Marsalis, and has played at iconic venues including Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Minton’s Playhouse, and Smalls, amongst others.

Dean has toured Europe, Asia, and America and has performed at various festivals including the James Moody Jazz Festival, Caramoor Jazz Festival, and Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, amongst others.

Dean holds master's and bachelor's degrees from The Juilliard School. As an educator, he has taught at Juilliard MAP, adjudicated saxophone competitions, and led various masterclasses.

Dean’s work has been featured by various companies on television, radio, and in the press, ranging from Israel Channel 10 to The New York Times.


Thelonious Monk Competition semifinalist North American Saxophone Alliance - first prize winner Carinthian Jazz Award - first prize winner


”Dean's band sounds GREAT! — excellent. They sound fantastic. Everybody is clean as a whistle” - Charles McPherson, jazz-legend


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