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Inception: San Diego, 2019
Formed in 2019 and based in North Park, Dan & Ocean is and an Americana and jazz roots duo featuring Dan DiMonte and Ocean Lorraine. A Chicago native, DiMonte sings while playing guitar, trumpet, and keyboard simultaneously. Lorraine is an accomplished singing bassist, percussionist, and emcee from Los Angeles.
Two years after meeting at an audition in Torrance, California and embarking on two consecutive U.S. tours, the two decided to combine threads from their individual solo careers to craft a blend of American folk, soul, gospel, blues, and jazz styles. According to the band, "Our Come Up Music centers on painting real-life portraits of companionship, isolation, healing, and strength in a troubled world."
DiMonte is also a solo artist whose sixth studio album, The Coronado Kid, Pt. 1: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, features Ocean on two tracks: “Son of the Moon” and “Outside Cat,” released as a single in 2019. An EP released in October 2019 was promoted with 12-week U.S. tour kicking off in the Pacific Northwest, as well as an Asian tour.