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Dino Losito

Pianist/Composer/Educator, Dino Losito. was born in Elmira, NY. He comes from a very musical family, and was exposed to music at a very early age. His mother, a vocalist, was one of his first influences, along with many other family members, Dino began formal lessons on piano at the age of 4. Along with piano, he also studied flute and percussion. Though classical music was the study at the time for him, jazz was always present in the home, and it was obvious this music would be his pursuit. By the time Dino was eighteen years old, he was already working professionally. Dino went on to further his studies at William Paterson University. He had the privilege of being under the tutelage of such notables as Norman Simmons, Harold Mabern, Rufus Reid and Pete Malinverni. Dino has performed at many notable venues throughout the country and abroad. Some credits include, Blue Note, Birdland, NBC Rainbow Room, and Dizzy’s at Lincoln Center (NYC). He has also performed/recorded with such notables as Eric Alexander, Dave Liebman, Houston Person, Joe Romano, Don Menza, Wallace Roney, Harry Allen, Mickey Roker, Joe Magnarelli, Grant Stewart, Danny D’Imperio, Nancy Kelly, and many others. His cd release ‘Like That‘, as a leader, has received critical acclaim, and Dino has been featured on over a dozen recordings as a sideman. Losito's ability to captivate audiences with his lyrical playing, sensitive melodies, and his infectious groove, has led him to be one of the most sought after pianists on the scene. Along with performing and recording , Dino keeps an active teaching schedule, and is currently on the faculty at 171 Cedar Arts Center in Corning, NY.

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Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by Jack Bowers


The album cover says “Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet." What it does not say is that drummer Melito and pianist Losito have at their beck-and-call an awesome secret weapon, Philadelphia-based tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna, a phenom from the Lester Young school of elegant swinging whose voice on the horn is as debonair and persuasive as any you are likely to hear. It is hard to imagine while listening to McKenna glide easily through cadences from ballad to barn-burner that ...

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The Mike Melito / Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by David A. Orthmann


Moderation is a virtue which pervades You're It!, a date co-led by drummer Mike Melito and pianist Dino Losito. It is a pleasure--and a relief—to hear a bop-influenced recording in which jazzmen (three in their middle years and one octogenarian) transcend influences and forge their own standards of performance. The record is impressive in part because of an absence of frenzied, inelegantly swinging tempos, individuals clamoring for attention, and the vociferous sound of competing egos. Rather than peddling artificial excitement ...

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The Mike Melito/Dino Losito Quartet: You're It!

Read "You're It!" reviewed by Pierre Giroux


The bold-face names on this release are drummer Mike Melito and pianist Dino Losito. However, the name of the performer treasure is buried in quasi-mice type on the bottom of the front cover, and that is tenor saxophonist Larry McKenna. He is the difference maker. The two principals are from upstate New York and have worked together for many years along with NYC bassist Neal Miner. Their interplay demonstrates a symbiotic relationship and consequently they have a sense ...

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Dino Losito: Dino Losito (Like That)

Read "Dino Losito (Like That)" reviewed by AAJ Staff


The selection of tunes on this disc were the portent of very hip things to come. This fine trio has woven a tapestry of jazz that swings tastefully, like a porch glider on a summers day, (with a song like “Skylark") And then taking off into orbit on a tune like “Our Delight" the next. Dino Losito is a bop oriented musician that has a firm grasp on the roots of “modern jazz". As in all good Pianists, there is ...

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You're It!

Cellar Live
2020

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Like That

Bass On Top Music
2002

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