Saxophonist, arranger and composer Denis DiBlasio to headline Cameron University Jazz Festival | Community


Saxophonist, arranger and composer Denis DiBlasio will headline the 2022 Cameron University Jazz Festival, joining the CU Jazz Ensemble and Lawton Jazz Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8 at the University Theatre. The Aggie Jazz Academy, a group of high school students from across southwestern Oklahoma, will also make an appearance.

After earning a master’s degree from the University of Miami, Denis DiBlasio joined legendary trumpeter Maynard Ferguson’s big band, serving as the ensemble’s musical director for five years. During this time, he honed his virtuosity on baritone saxophone and flute as well as prodigious scat-vocal technique and developed estimable compositional and arranging skills. He is currently Director of Jazz Performance and Composition Programs at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey and is also Executive Director of the Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz.

An internationally renowned performer and pedagogue, DiBlasio is the author of five texts on jazz improvisation and has recorded 12 CDs. He is a presenter on YouTube and a composer of study books for flute, clarinet and saxophone.

As a clinician, DiBlaslo has taught and performed across the United States; his “education as entertainment” style has also taken him to Thailand, Italy, Luxembourg, Prague, Canada, Mexico, Spain, France, Switzerland, Denmark and Japan.

DiBlasio’s compositions, articles and arrangements are available from publishers Jamey Aebersold, Belwin, Hal Leonard, Kendor, Doug Beach, Roncorp, Vandoren, Kjos, Northeastern Music, Warner Brothers, Flute Talk and Saxophone Journal.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors/military/K-12 students. Admission is free for UC students, faculty, and staff with Cameron ID. Call 580-581-2346 to reserve a spot. Face coverings are encouraged.

The 2022 Jazz Festival is made possible by a grant from the Cameron University Lectures and Concerts Series.

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