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"Crooning The Hits From All Genres"
A native of Michigan, Justin Dean has been a lifelong fan of Frank Sinatra, big band era music, and jazz/pop standards since the first time, at 8 years old, he heard Bing Crosby sing "White Christmas" while sitting in front of the family stereo during the holidays. This "Golden Era" of powerful orchestral sounds, combined with satin smooth baritone vocals, shaped his musical interests and always reminded him of spending Christmas at his grandparent’s house surrounded by his family. Hearing music from this genre perpetually took him back to that place and would one day change the direction of his life.
One evening in 2007, while a senior pursuing a BS/BA in finance from the University of Nevada Las Vegas, Justin saw a music program of Italian crooner Patrizio Buanne on the PBS television station. This program sparked an inspirational flame that instantly set in motion what would later become his calling. At that moment, he knew he wanted to pursue music and aspired to, as he describes, "share with others the magic of this timeless genre and its ability to bring people together.”
After seeing Patrizio's show on PBS, Justin went to Los Angeles to attend Buanne's first U.S. show at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. At this show, he met Patrizio and his opening act, Canadian jazz crooner Matt Dusk, and talked with them about the impression their music had on him. After this inspiring meeting, Justin returned to Las Vegas and immediately started studying piano and voice through private lessons. He would spend the next 5 years refining his craft while guest singing in Las Vegas showrooms and lounges. Living in the “Entertainment Capital of The World,” Justin was well positioned to hone his skills while learning from and being surrounded by some of the best, world class singers, musicians, and entertainers in the business.
In 2010, while attending a PBS David Foster Friends concert at Mandalay Bay Resort, Justin met the Director of Programming for Vegas PBS and told her how influential Patrizio's program had been in his life. Interested, she asked if he would be willing to tell his story in an on camera interview. He agreed and was soon featured in a nationally airing PBS MySpot segment filmed at the famous Piero's restaurant in Las Vegas (where scenes were filmed for the movie Casino starring Robert DeNiro, Joe Pesci, and Sharon Stone.) Through this relationship with PBS, Justin was provided the opportunity to meet 16-time Grammy and 3-time Oscar winning producer, songwriter, and record company executive David Foster.
Fast Forward to today and Justin has developed his own throwback style with a modern edge that is founded upon the spirit of the “Rat Pack” and the many other legendary crooners of past and present. He has been featured on PBS television, been a guest singer on the Zowie Bowie Vintage Vegas Big Band Show with a 16 piece orchestra, performed for Make-A-Wish Foundation and Nevada Ballet corporate functions, provided entertainment at the Las Vegas INTEROP Expo, sung with his band at political campaign events, and been featured in many Las Vegas, Detroit, and Atlanta lounges and hotels for weddings, recurring engagements, and high end private functions. Justin now performs regularly with his SwingBeats band throughout the United States for many types of events and is passionate about using his love for great songs to bring enjoyment to others through music.