Dann Zinn composes, plays saxophones, flutes, and various ethnic flutes. His cds of original music have garnered critical acclaim throughout the U.S. and Europe from such prestigious publications as Jazz Times and Jazziz. His third cd entitled Grace’s Song featuring the Dan Zinn Four was released in 2012 and has also received rave reviews.
He has recorded or performed with Joe Henderson, Russell Ferrante(from The Yellow Jackets), Chuck Findley(The Tonight Show), Jeff Tain Watts, Mary Wells, and Martha and the Vandellas, among many others. He has recorded on over fifty CD’s as a featured soloist, including numerous Dave Eshelman Jazz Garden Big Band CDs, as well as the classical crossover hit Bach Improvisations with the Ira Stein Group. He tours throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Locally, he has been featured at the Monterey Jazz Festival, San Francisco Jazz Festival, San Jose Jazz Festival, Yoshi’s Nightspot, and the Kuumbwa Jazz Center among countless others. Other performances include numerous television, radio, and multi media projects, such as Tiger Woods and John Madden video games, Kangaroddy children show on PBS, a History Channel show about caves, and a Willie Mays special on CBS. He is also working on a series of tone and technique books which present various systems for organizing scales and related subjects.
Dann is the Director of Jazz Studies at CSU East Bay, Director of the SF Jazz Festival HS All Star Jazz Combo, and on the faculty of UC Berkeley, and is also on the faculty of the Dave Brubeck Institute, Chabot College, and the Jazz Institute in Berkeley.