Dom Minasi

Primary Instrument: Guitar

Born: March 6, 1943    

It’s not common to hear a guitarist mentioned in the same vein as adventurous players like Eric Dolphy, John Coltrane and Cecil Taylor, but Dom Minasi is not your common type of guitarist. Like many highly creative artists, Dom needs a variety of contexts to express the full range of his musical vision by maintaining several separate groups, Born on March 6, 1943 (sharing a birthday with legendary guitarist Wes Montgomery), Dom is a 50-year veteran of the music scene, with a history and scope of activities as varied and jam-packed as his native New York City.

Backing up top singing groups at rock 'n' roll shows, church dances and the like while still in his early teens, Dom has maintained a jazz trio with bass and drums since he was 15 years old. But education has also played a major role in his overall musical activities. “By the time I was 20, I had more than 100 students, but I cut it down to 95 so I could play six nights a week.” ...
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Two Time Winner of Meet The Composer

Yearly winner of the ASCAP Plus Awards

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    The Bird, the Girl and the Donkey II

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    Nacht records
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    Looking Out, Looking In

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    The Bird, The Girl And The Donkey

    Self Produced
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    Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow Fonder

    Konnex Records
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    The Jon Hemmersam/Dom Minasi Quartet

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    The Vampire's Revenge

    BCA Records
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”One of New York’s best kept secrets is finally “getting out”. Hooray!” Jim Hall

“I am knocked out by Dom's creative and original guitar playing”.

Henry Kaiser

“A true Jazz original ” Bill Milkowski

“Minasi stuns...he coaxes dark emotive chords like a dusky snake charmer wooing a cobra from awoven basket...” Derek Taylor All Music Guide to Jazz

“In the manner of Eric Dolphy...Minasi works over the harmonic and rhythmic material of each song in an extraordinary manner, managing to go places where few lesser guitarists would venture.” Cadence Magazine

” A six string Cecil Taylor” David Adler All About Jazz New York

“Dom Minasi has expanded his horizons and forged a path that takes him just off the beaten path”...

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Primary InstrumentGuitar

LocationNew York, NY

Willing to teachAdvanced students only.

Credentials/BackgroundMarquis Studios and Young Audiences: Using the blues as a basis, Dom created a program using poetry put to music in blues, rock 'n roll, rap, jazz, Latin music, and well known children's books to teach literacy through songwriting."

Kingsborough Community College and Lehman College: Guitar Ensembles, The Singers Forum, Classes in Jazz Vocalization and Reading Rhythms ...

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Carlo Greco Custom Archtop, D'Aria Custom D'Aquisto Centura Archtop, Eastman Archtop, An Epiphone double pickup Archtop 2 Steel String Flat top acoustics by Takemine , 1 Takemine 12 string, 1 Gianni 12 string, 1 Grodin Electric Nylon String, One Seaman and one Guild nylon string guitars, 1- 335, 2 Polytone amps, 1 Vox amp, I Fender Blues and One Lunchbox amp and various pedals
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