Greg Yasinitsky

Greg Yasinitsky, a Regents Professor of Music at Washington State University School of Music, teaches composition, jazz studies, and saxophone. From 2011 to 2018, he was the School of Music’s Director. Origin Records has released his latest CD, YAZZ Band: New Normal. Send Greg a message to request a copy. Greg was awarded the 2017-18 American Prize in Orchestral Composition, Pops Section, for his Jazz Concerto For Piano and Orchestra. Greg is a member of Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame and a former Board Member of Jazz Education Network. He is also a recipient of WSU Eminent Faculty Award. This award is the highest honor given to faculty at WSU. He is also the author of Improvisation 101: Major, Minor, and Blues, and he contributed a chapter in the Amazon bestseller Rehearsing The Jazz Band. Yasinitsky is a renowned composer, arranger, and saxophonist. Yasinitsky has had his music performed in more than forty countries around the world. He is a recipient of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and The Commission Project of New York. Meet the Composer West and ASCAP. Artist Trust. Washington State Music Teachers Association and Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) awards. Yasinsky has composed music for David Sanborn and Clark Terry, Sean Jones. Tia Fuller. Mark Whitfield. David Liebman. Many of Yasinsky’s arrangements and compositions have been published by Kendor Music. Yasinitsky has received numerous commissions for solo and orchestral music. You can hear selected orchestral, chamber, and solo pieces on recordings that have been released by Vienna Modern Masters and Arizona University Recordings. Open Loop Records, Washington State University Recordings and Washington State University Recordings. Yasinitsky received degrees from the Eastman School of Music and San Francisco State University (MA/BM). He studied composition with Wayne Peterson and Joseph Schwantner, Pulitzer Prize winner, as well as renowned composers Lou Harrison and Samuel Adler. He also studied masterclasses and jazz with David Baker, the Dean of Jazz Education. Yasinitsky is a saxophonist who has performed with many distinguished musicians, including Conrad Herwig and Alex Acuna, Conrad Herwig and Randy Brecker, Marcus Printup. Ed Calle, Kirk Whalum. Lou Rawls, Sarah Vaughan. Louie Bellson, Stan Getz. Mel Torme, Mel Torme, Manhattan Transfer, Clark Terry. Yasinitsky also serves as Principal Saxophonist for the Spokane Symphony. He has also performed with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, San Francisco Opera Orchestra, and Oakland Symphony. Yasinitsky is also heard on recordings by Soul Note, Palo Alto, Revelation Records, as well as with Tom Harrell and Art Lande. You can hear his playing and compositions on more than forty compact discs, including recordings on his label, YAZZ Recordings. Yasinitsky has also been a sought-after clinician and conductor, giving workshops and concerts across the US, Canada and Europe. Yasinitsky is also the subject of numerous articles and reviews in Jazz Player and Saxophone Journal as well as The Instrumentalist and Yamaha’s New Ways magazines. He has also contributed articles to many scholarly journals. Yasinitsky, a Yamaha performing artist, is also a JodyJazz musician. from

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