Dean opened for The Beach Boys with his Motown "Ravells" band, in San Diego, in 1988.
Performed for the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, CA. 2010 and 2011.
Performed with conductor, Dr. Frederick Fennell, in Osaka and Athens, in 1970 and 1972.
Trumpet player for the oldies San Diego band, The Mar Dels in 1986.
Rules of safety during Covid. Music by Dean Ratzman, video by Robert Yin
Dean Ratzman concert at the Escondido Library.
Hi Dean and Valli,
I just wanted to send you a note to thank you for a great show on Saturday. I got 14 surveys back and they all rated you as excellent and/or exceeding expectations. Some of the comments were, "unexpected treat," "great horn player-fun concert!" "My what a versatile musician" "warm welcoming personality" "great music" & "great performance." You were definitely a hit. I will make a note on my spreadsheet and look forward to booking you again in the future. Have a great Valentine's Day!
Kate Colvin (she/her)
Adult Services Librarian
Escondido Public Library
239 South Kalmia Street
Escondido, CA 92025
Dean maintains Liability Insurance
Dean's Ratzman's audience rapport, humorous twist, and style of arrangements provides for a highly entertaining performance.
Dean is a veteran of stage and performs 240 to 300 gigs per year around North America.
His show is called: "The Swingin' With Dean Show." Dean is a smooth and talented solo performer. He can easily replace a band, since he performs on piano, trumpet, trombone, and sings. He plays '40s Swing, Big Band, Jazz Standards, 50's, 60's and 70's Jazz, Blues, Rock and Soul hits of Great American Artists. Dean does patriotic and holiday music, as well.
Dean touches on the styles of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Ray Charles, Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, Elvis, The Beach Boys, The Young Rascals, Neil Diamond, The Temptations, Santana, Tommy James, and many originals. See the song list on our web site for a complete selection.
Dean has assembled over 400 backtracks using all real instruments, including his own real drum kit.
Dean plays mostly concerts, but also does Marketing parties, Happy Hours, Car Shows, and any special occasion.
Our PA system can handle small venues, concert halls, or outdoor parties. He brings a trumpet, trombone and keyboard.
Our fee for the last couple years has been ranging from about $225. to $550. per hour.
* Price is according to distance traveling, size of the venue.*
Please fill out contact form if you have a budget and any openings during the time that we will be in town.
Article about Dean's performance at Poway, CA Library
Traveling soloist playing Poway Library May 15, 2018 José A. López Published 05/05/2018. Many musicians may say they live on the road, but unless they’re Dean Ratzman, chances are that they’re only speaking metaphorically. For the past fifteen years, Ratzman and his wife, Valli, have traveled the nation as he performs the “Swingin’ with Dean” show at libraries, RV resorts and concert venues. Valli books the shows and he performs, said Ratzman, who added that his wife has been able to book twice the number of shows he originally thought she could. Ratzman, who attended the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, has vast experience being on the road. In the ‘70s he was on the road touring with a Seattle-based Top 40's cover band named “Carnival” that toured the U.S. and Canada. “That was at the height of the disco era and we were playing the best clubs. We were opening new clubs around the Southeast for the Big Daddy's/ Flanigan's chain." Ratzman says he was hired over the phone in Seattle, to join "Carnival". An agent with the Wm. Stephan Agency had seen him play trumpet with a Seattle group, "Roadshow" at an outdoor Pike's Place Market rock fair and thought he would fit well with "Carnival". "Roadshow" was one of the top bands with the Unicam Agency. In San Diego, Dean played trumpet with the "Mar Dels", the most prominent oldies cover band in San Diego. He also owned his own bands in the 80's, "Dean and the Persuaders" and "The Ravells" a Motown showband, both based in San Diego. For reference on the internet: Google Dean Ratzman, Broadjam.com, and Ratzpack.net.