Undergraduate studies (Berklee College of Music), Additional training (Grove School of Music)
Taba is a freelance bassist, composer, producer, and educator. Taba has worked in commercial studios in Los Angeles and maintains a regular performing, teaching, recording and producing schedule. A respected clinician and educator (Los Angeles Music Academy, Musician’s Institute, Cal-Poly Pomona, Grove School of Music) Dean has recently performed/recorded with Jeff Lorber, David Benoit, Mark Murphy, Jake Shimabukuo, Andy Summers, Sadao Watanabe, The San Francisco Symphony, Hiroshima, Rick Braun, The American Jazz Institute Orchestra, Dave Koz, Jeff Richman, Pauline Wilson, The Philippine Philharmonic Orchestra, Daniel Ho, Bill Watrous, and many others as well as playing on countless CDs, TV shows, and movie soundtracks. He serves as the Director of the University of Hawaii-Manoa Jazz Ensemble, Hawaii Youth Symphony Jazz and Jazz+ programs, and Pacific Music Institute Jazz Summer Intensive.
Taba has taught at Punahou since 2020.