BIOGRAPHY

Short Bio
 

Joseph de Dominicis, ‘Joe D’, is a composer and acoustic guitarist. He is a native New Yorker. His first album, ‘Joseph de Dominicis Songs: Volume One’ with vocals and piano by Gloria Cooper, was released on the label Carol MRP Co.

 

Joseph de Dominicis is a member of ASCAP.

 

He has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Music and he earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Composition from the City University of New York at Hunter College in 1995, studying with Edward Knight and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner.

 

He was the winner of the 1995 Shirley P. Mintz Award given to the graduating music major “who exemplifies a comprehensive knowledge and love of music.”

 

He became an artist member of The New York Foundation for the Arts and received a generous grant from the Steven H. and Alida Bril Scheuer Foundation to direct and perform in a series of over 100 solo concerts and ten trio concerts of his original music throughout NYC.

 

He is currently working on a new album and playing seven-string acoustic guitar in different venues in Manhattan, New York.

Joseph de Dominicis/'Joe D' was born in New York City. He was attracted to music at an early age. At six years old, he began studying piano but shortly after switched over to the guitar. His first teacher was his uncle, Larry Colucci, a jazz guitarist who introduced him to the music of Django Reinhardt, Charlie Christian, and Charlie Parker. At the ages of 13-18, he played in the Top 40 funk band "The Souls of Sound" performing at dances and private affairs during the latter part of the sixties. At 19 he began private instruction with jazz guitarist Carl Thompson.

At Central Connecticut State University, he majored in classical guitar, studying with Allen Spriestersbach, guitar instructor at the Hart School of Music, and jazz saxophonist Phil Delibro. He played guitar under Delibro’s direction in the college jazz workshop and while in Hartford also performed with pianist Jasper Jengens, the Valerie Ward Duo, and began the Joe D Trio with Jim Hunter on bass and Tony Allen on drums.

Upon returning to NYC in 1982, he played in AstroLipso, a Trinidadian jazz group which performed at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, under the direction of jazz pianist and arranger David Boothman. Inspired by Joe Pass, he began performing solo guitar concerts of original music on acoustic 7-string guitar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in General Music from Central Connecticut State University in 1987. He earned a Master of Arts Degree in Music Composition at the City University of New York at Hunter College in 1995, studying with Edward Knight and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Melinda Wagner. He was the winner of the 1995 Shirley P. Mintz Award given to the graduating music major “who exemplifies a comprehensive knowledge and love of music.”

In 1998 his fantasia for piano  (performed by Mary Bopp) was premiered at Christ and St. Stephens Church in NYC as part of a series presented by the Composers’ Collective /New Works/. He became an artist member of The New York Foundation for the Arts and received a generous grant from the Steven H. and Alida Bril Scheuer Foundation to direct and perform in a series of over 100 solo concerts and ten trio concerts of his original music (Alex Gressel on bass, Vince Cherico on drums) throughout NYC.

The album, Joseph de Domininicis Songs Volume 1, performed by
singer/pianist Gloria Cooper was released in 1999 on the label Carol MRP.

 

He has appeared at the jazz club La Philharmonica de Barcelona in Barcelona, Spain and in 2004 he accompanied NYC jazz singer Maria Pia, along with pianist Jacque Letalon at Guiseppe’s in Anversa Degli Abruzzi, Italy.

For three and a half years, during the 2010's he accompanied jazz/pop singer Debra Skoff during a series of performances in Manhattan.

 

Joseph de Dominicis is a member of ASCAP.
 

He is currently working on a new album and performing solo guitar concerts of his original music in NYC.

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