Dom Minasi

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.”

A lot of those nights were spent backing up, and providing musical direction for vocalists, something that Dom has continued to do since 1964 and almost exclusively until 1973, when his own trio began to really take shape, coming to the attention of George Butler who had taken the reins at Blue Note from the label's visionary founder and producer, Alfred Lion. After recording two albums for Blue Note, When Joanna Loved Me and I Have The Feeling I’ve Been Here Before, Dom felt the business of Jazz was not for him So from 1976-1993, Dom involved himself in a variety of pursuits such as freelancing, recording dates as a sideman, and occasionally performing with the late, great pianist Dennis Moorman and his organ quartet featuring Dr. Lonnie Smith. Composing the music for a variety of off-Broadway shows, authoring three books for Sunrise Artistries, two books on jazz theory and chord substitution and one on improvising. Returning to school where he studied with Academy Award-winning (The Red Violin) composer John Corigliano at Lehman College, receiving his degree in composition in 1990.

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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 Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Advanced only

Credentials/Background

Marquis 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

American Institute of Guitar, The Guitar Workshop: Classes in harmony, theory and improvisation

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Discography

Freeland

Freeland

Cirko Records
2019

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Remembering Cecil

Remembering Cecil

Unseen Rain Records
2019

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Remembering Cecil

Remembering Cecil

Unseen Rain Records
2019

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Manna for Thought

Manna for Thought

Self Produced
2018

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Soldani Dieci Anni

Soldani Dieci Anni

Unseen Rain Records
2016

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Synchronicity

Synchronicity

Nacht records
2012

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Chasing Bulls

Chasing Bulls

Dom Minasi
Allivium

Angel's Dance

Angel's Dance

Dom Minasi
Angel's Dance

Inside Out

Inside Out

Dom Minasi
The Jon Hemmersam*Dom Minasi...

The Day After Next

The Day After Next

Dom Minasi
Goin' Out Again

Strange

Strange

Dom Minasi
Blaise Siwula Dom Minasi Live...

Stop Ringing Those Dam Bells

Stop Ringing Those Dam Bells

Dom Minasi
The Bird The Girl and The Donkey

Looking Out Looking Out

Looking Out Looking Out

Dom Minasi
Looking Out Looking In

The Vampire's Revenge

The Vampire's Revenge

Dom Minasi
The Vampire's Revenge

Tumorology

Tumorology

Dom Minasi
Dissonance Makes The Heart Grow...

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