Dean Koba


Photo - Bob Barry


Dean Koba is native of Honolulu, Hawaii.  He has performed with numerous jazz greats some of which include Benny Bailey, Bud Shank, Jeff Clayton, John Clayton, Bill Cunliffe, Dee Daniels, Walter Norris, Bob Sheppard, Gary Foster, Fareed Haque, Makoto Ozone, Roberta Gamborini, Jackie Ryan, and Tamir Hendelman. His tours have taken him all around the United States as well as Europe.  He is featured on several recordings with bassist Christoph Luty, the Acoustic Jazz Quartet, The Bayou Brass Band, Brent Jenson and the Greg Reitan trio. 

Dean studied music at Northwestern University (BA) and USC School of Music (MM). He also studied privately with Jeff Hamilton (Ray Brown, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall), Joe Labarbera (Bill Evans, Tony Bennett), and Greg Field (Count Basie Orchestra, Frank Sinatra).  Dean currently resides in Lakewood, California and freelances in the greater Los Angeles area.  He is also the percussion instructor at Long Beach City College and the jazz drumset instructor at El Camino College.

Dean Koba plays Aquarian Drum Heads, Bosphorus Cymbals, Gretsch drums, Gibraltar Hardware and Regal Tip sticks and brushes.


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