West Genesee welcomes back Denis DiBlasio to our 51st Annual Swing-In concert. The WGHS Jazz Ensembles and Jazz Band will be featured with Denis. The concert is on Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 p.m. in the West Genesee High School Auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults for all seats.
Denis was a Swing-In guest artist back in 1991. We are thrilled he was able to make it back to WG! Baritone saxophonist, flautist, educator, composer, arranger, Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz and head of Jazz and Composition programs at Rowan University, DiBlasio is an international clinician/performer. Keeping things simple, honest, and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy booking dates sometimes three years in advance. Relevance, attainability and fun make up the foundation of his friendly approach. Recordings, compositions and texts published by Kendor, Northeastern Music, Belwin, Hal Leonard, Doug Beach, Kjos, Houston, RonCorp, RAD Records, Dreambox Media are just a few of his associations. “His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special. It’s what some people have termed ‘Edutainment’. Why not?”
The sheer joy of spontaneity, intensity, and depth of expression all come together in the jazz artistry of Denis DiBlasio. After receiving his Masters Degree from the University of Miami, Denis DiBlasio joined the big band of legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson, serving as Maynard ‘s Musical Director for five years. During this time he honed his virtuosity on the baritone saxophone and flute as well as a prodigious scat-vocal technique, and developed estimable composing/ arranging skills. His scores have been published by Kendor, William Allen, Kjos, Doug Beach and Hal Leonard, and his several books on jazz improvisation and scat-singing are available through Kendor, Houston and Jamey Aebersold Publications. He is currently Director of the Jazz Department and conducts the Jazz Lab Band at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey.
As a clinician for the Yamaha Musical Corporation, DiBlasio has taught and performed all over The United States; his “education as entertainment” style has also taken him to Thailand, Italy, Luxemburg, Prague, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan. His unique combination of positive motivation and witty sense of humor ensures an atmosphere where “making music is fun” and students are encouraged by his fearless risk-taking attitude that communicates the message: “Mistakes are valid —if you learn something from the attempt.” This approach keeps Denis extremely busy, in constant demand and is often booked up over a year in advance.
The Denis DiBlasio Quartet, usually featuring Jim Ridl (piano), Darryl Hall (1995 Thelonious Monk International Bass Competition first-place winner) and Jim Miller (drums) appears extensively in club, concert workshop and festival settings. Of their first two CDs, The Philadelphia Inquirer noted, “DiBlasio unravels skeins of bebop that emerge from his big horn in a furious blur… DiBlasio huffs and puffs and blows the house down on “Catch Me” (LAS-11193), and Cadence observed that on Seven Giant Steps to Heaven (LAS-38932) “DiBlasio seems able to do whatever he pleases on the horn; musically, he has an excellent sense of rhythm, pacing and dynamics, and is able to swing with abandon at a variety of tempos on either baritone saxophone or flute…”