Jason DeCristofaro is a multi-faceted educator, musician, and composer based out of Asheville, NC. He is adjunct faculty at Warren Wilson College, where he directs the Jazz ensemble and teaches Jazz theory and improvisation, World music, and Jazz history, and A-B Tech, where he teaches Jazz history and music appreciation and is the accompanist for the A-B Tech choir. For four years, Jason has been the musical director and host of Jazz Night at The Phoenix in downtown Brevard, an event which features local, regional and national Jazz artists every Wednesday will be featured in the magazine Southern Living later this year.
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A published composer with C. Alan Publications, DeCristofaro's concert works have been performed in New Zealand, China, Sweden, and all over the United States, and he has been a featured guest composer with the Symphony of the Mountains and the Asheville Ballet. He is also the founder and artistic director of Asheville Composer concerts. DeCristofaro has presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Virginia Tech for the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), and Black Mountain College Museum. The winner and recipient of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international scholarship competition for Jazz vibraphonists, Jason has been invited to perform as a clinician and guest artist at numerous Jazz festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the Southeast, including the Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), The Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), Jazz on Main (Greenvile, SC), Western Carolina University (Cullowhee, NC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC). Jason's original Jazz compositinos are featured on three albums, Live at the Altamont (featuring Swiss flutist Calen Gayle), Dialogues (with pianist and UNC-Asheville Jazz Studies director Dr. William Bares), and Magic Numbers (a trio recording with bassist Daniel Lannucci and drummer Micah Thomas). Jason holds a Master of Music Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences from UNC-Asheville, and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Music Education at Boston University.
This performance will be an intimate concert opportunity to hear DeCristofaro's original jazz compositions. Jason will joined by bassist and Brevard College professor Cameron Austin.
Photo credit: Frank Zipperer Photography