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Denis DiBlasio returns to the ISU Jazz Fest on Feb. 5

Posted January 21, 2011

Mark your calendars! Jazz baritone saxophonist and flutist Denis DiBlasio will perform with the Idaho State University Jazz I Big Band at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, as part of the 24th annual ISU Jazz Fest.

Denis DiBlasioDiBlasio's international reputation as an educator and performer is built upon his many years of experience as a professional musician, including his five years as music director of the Maynard Ferguson Band. His teaching approach of keeping things simple, informative and positive keeps his schedule extremely busy, booking dates sometimes three years in advance. His inspirational connection with young musicians is what makes a DiBlasio clinic so special. Keeping things attainable and fun make up the foundation of his friendly approach. It's what some people have termed 'Edutainment'.

DiBlasio will be working with regional high school jazz bands throughout the day, including groups from Pocatello, Highland, Century, and Blackfoot high schools. He will also be giving a clinic on jazz improvisation at 1 pm. All Jazz Fest events will be held in the Jensen Grand Concert Hall on the ISU campus.

The cost for the evening concert featuring DiBlasio is $8 for adults, $6 for ISU faculty and staff, $4 pre-college students, and free to ISU students. The Jazz Fest daytime events are free and open to the public.

Call or email Patrick Brooks (282-3147, broopatr@isu.edu) for additional information.