Upcoming Events 

 

Jazz Concerto Performance at Louisiana State University

My Jazz Concerto (wind ensemble version) will be performed at LSU on April 23 by piano soloist Willis Delony and the LSU Wind Ensemble directed by Damon Talley.

 

British Columbia Interior Jazz Festival

I will be a guest saxophonist and composer for the BC Interior Jazz Festival in Kelowna, Canada, April 11-13, 2019. On April 11, I will perform on the Boss Tenors concert at the Forum with saxophonist Craig Thompson. We will be recreating live the…

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YAZZ Band CD Receives National Attention 

YAZZ Band, my recently released compact disc has received significant attention. YAZZ Band was showcased in Down Beat and the CD has been featured on the Public Radio International show “Jazz After Hours.” YAZZ Band has appeared for fourteen weeks on national radio play lists including the North American College and Community Top 30 and Roots Music Report Top 50 Jazz Album charts and the Jazzweek top 50. YAZZ Bandwas listed as one of the “CDs of the Year – Big Bands” by Bebop Spoken Herein the United…

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JEN-TEN Premiere Video 

My commissioned big band piece JEN-TEN, written in honor of the 10thanniversary of the Jazz Education Network, the most important academic organization for jazz, was premiered at the keynote session of the 2019 international JEN Conference by the JEN All Stars Big Band conducted by me, featuring some of the most acclaimed musicians in the world. Soloists included Sean Jones (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Peabody Conservatory), Roxy Coss (Women in Jazz Organization), Francisco Torres (Pancho Sanchez, Disney…

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Residency at Long Beach City College 

In December of 2018, I appeared as a guest saxophonist and composer in a program of all-Yasinitsky compositions with the Long Beach City College Jazz Band at Roscoe’s, a top Southern California jazz club. The LBCC Jazz Band was directed by WSU alumnus Patrick Sheng (also my nephew), Director of Jazz Studies at LBCC. Additionally, I presented a masterclass for LBCC students on jazz composition and arranging. 

 

Italian Tour 

In October, I toured Italy to promote my CD release Mediterranean Connection, recorded with Teo Ciavarella, one of Europe’s top jazz pianists. I performed throughout Italy with Ciavarella and Pacific Coast Records recording artist Marco Bittelli at the Bravo Caffeè in Bologna, the top jazz club in that city, the Sax Pub in Lugo, il Primo Festival Jazz Città di San Nicandro Garganico, and Club Nautico in the seaside town of Rimini. Additionally, I presented a masterclsass on my Jazz Concerto for Piano and

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Residency at the University of New Hampshire 

In October of 2018, I was a guest saxophonist composer and arranger at the University of New Hampshire. I conducted the two top UNH Jazz Bands in concert in a program entirely of my compositions and arrangements, including the premiere of My Man, Dave, a piece commissioned in honor of UNH Professor Emeritus Dave Seiler who recently retired after 40 years of service. I also appeared in concert with the UNH Faculty Jazz Ensemble and presented a masterclass, “Improvisation 101: Major, Minor and Blues,” for…

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