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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One of New York’s best kept secrets is finally “getting out”. Hooray!
“I am knocked out by Dom's creative and original guitar playing.
“A true Jazz original ”
“Minasi stuns...he coaxes dark emotive chords like a dusky snake charmer
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
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
the beaten path”
Willing to teach
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