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Dan Moretti's Biography

Saxophonist Dan Moretti's musical career has spanned over the last 30 years. He started playing tenor sax and clarinet at the age of 12. The following year, he was included in the all-state Rhode Island Youth Stage Band where he played the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966. In 1975, Dan received a BS with a double major in Arranging/Composition and Music Education from The Union Institute in Cincinatti. In the 1970's, he played local and national gigs and taught privately in the local school systems and music schools in the Southern New England area. By 1981, he became a recording studio owner, honing his engineering and producer skills as well as focusing on his composing skills. In 1985, his first jazz recording "Sometime Inside" was released internationally on Black Hawk records. Dan has toured throughout the United States, Europe, Africa, and Russia, and has traveled as far east as India performing and presenting clinics and seminars. His musical influences range from jazz and classical to funk and Latin jazz. Since the late 1970's, he has performed or recorded across the spectrum of music with artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Mike Stern, Dave Samuels, Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, and The Crusaders. He feels as comfortable playing straight-ahead jazz as well as Latin, funk and soul.

Dan is a full time Professor at Berklee College of Music in Boston and has been on the faculty since 1996. He was given the school's "Curriculum Development Award" in 2006 for his popular on-campus course, "Groove Writing". Dan is also on the faculty of Berkleemusic.com - Berklee's distance learning school where he teaches an online version of this course titled "Arranging Contemporary Styles" to students all over the world. In 2008, his book "Producing and Mixing Contemporary Jazz" was released on Hal Leonard-Berklee Press. In 2009, Dan was awarded the prestigious MacColl-Johnson fellowship for jazz composers, which enabled him to write and produce a project with an Italian traditional orchestra called Piccola Orchestra La Viola (POLV), bringing together his musical and Italian roots.

Since 2002, Dan has been active in Europe and the states performing with artists like Nile Rodgers and Chic and performing his own music and presenting seminars in Italy, Turkey, England, Belguim, Holland, France, and Switzerland. In the summer of 2006 he also had the opportunity to perform in the house band at the 40th anniversary of The Montreux Jazz Festival tribute to Atlantic records with Nile Rodgers, which included Dan writing charts and backing up Robert Plant, Stevie Nicks, Chaka Khan, Kid Rock, George Duke, Solomon Burke, and Steve Winwood.

Dan has released 16 albums internationally. Dan Moretti and The Piccola Orchestra La Viola recently released The Journey in Europe.

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