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The Dan Pratt Quartet Tours the West Coast in Preparation for Recording Session for the Los Angeles Based Posi-Tone Records

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The DAN PRATT QUARTET Tours The West Coast In Preparation For Recording Session For the Los Angeles Based Posi-Tone Records

Fronted by sax and bone, and backed by Hammond organ and drums, this fresh take on a traditional instrumentation features all original compositions and some heavy blowing by four of New York's top up-and-coming jazz musicians, including Brooklyn Jazz Underground Members Dan Pratt and Alan Ferber

The band is: Dan Pratt: tenor sax, Alan Ferber: trombone, Jared Gold: organ, Mark Ferber: drums

Mon Sept 15th, 8pm (doors 6pm), Soho in Santa Barbara, 1221 State St., Suite 205, Santa Barbara, CA 9310, 805-962-7776, $8 advance with dinner, $10 at the door

Thurs Sept 18th, 8pm (One set, about 90min), Dizzy's In San Diego, San Diego Wine & Culinary Center Harbor Club Towers ground floor, 2nd Ave. & J St., $15 ($10 students)

Fri Sept 19th, 9pm, Vibrato Grill & Jazz in Bel Air, 2930 Beverly Glen Circle, Bel Air, CA 90077-1724, 310-474-9400

Sat Sept 20th, 8:30pm, Pasadena Jazz Institute, 260 East Colorado Blvd. Suite 206 Pasadena CA 91101, 626-398-3344, $10

Brooklyn Jazz Underground member, tenor saxophonist Dan Pratt, originally hailing from Saratoga, CA, leads his quartet in a series of performances on the West Coast in preparation for his new recording for the Los Angeles based record label Posi-Tone Records. The quartet, featuring fellow BJU member Alan Ferber on trombone, his twin brother Mark Ferber on drums (both Los Angeles natives) and Jared Gold on organ, has been playing together since 2001. The new recording for Posi-Tone will be the long-awaited follow up to Pratt's debut CD, Springloaded, released in 2004. Pratt commented on the upcoming tour and recording, “I feel like the band has grown, my playing and writing has grown, and everything's more focused. I believe in this music and can't wait to put it out there."

Dan Pratt is a force to be reckoned with on the New York jazz scene, one of today's top young tenor saxophonists, and a gifted composer, all evidenced on his quartet's debut recording, Springloaded. Pratt began his studies as a classical baritone saxophonist in his native Saratoga, CA before switching to tenor. He was accepted to the Monterey Jazz Festival High School All-Star Band, directed by the late trumpeter and Duke Ellington alumnus, Bill Berry and with this band he experienced his first taste of the international jazz scene, touring throughout Japan and performing at the legendary Monterey Jazz Festival. Pratt went on to the Berklee College of Music in 1994, surrounding himself with many fellow artists (including Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno), who were exploring music of all forms. During this time the saxophonist benefited from working with legends such as Bob Brookmeyer, Kenny Werner, Joe Lovano, and many others.

After graduating with honors in 1997, he made the pilgrimage to the Big Apple. Within two years he was performing with the Village Vanguard Orchestra, and in 1999 he formed the quintet Vista with trumpeter Erik Jekabson. With the release of their critically praised debut album The Arrival in 2000, they toured through New York and New Orleans to rave reviews. The Dan Pratt Organ Quartet was formed in the fall of 2001. Pratt can also be heard all over town with a variety of artists including The Christian McBride Big Band, Jamie Begian's big band, the Fat Cat Orchestra, the Big Bad Big Band, and the Rachel Eckroth Nonet.

This story appears courtesy of Jason Byrne, Red Cat Publicity.
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