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Greg Yasinitsky

Greg Yasinitsky is a Regents Professor of Music in the Washington State University School of Music where he teaches composition, jazz studies and saxophone. He served as Director of the School of Music from 2011 to 2018. Greg is the winner of the 2017-18 American Prize for Orchestral Composition, Pops Division, for his Jazz Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. Greg is a Board Member of the Jazz Education Network, is a member of the Washington Music Educators Hall of Fame, and is a recipient of the WSU Eminent Faculty Award, the top honor for faculty at WSU and the College of Arts And Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award. Also, he is the author of the book Improvisation 101: Major, Minor and Blues. Yasinitsky has an international reputation as a composer, arranger and saxophonist. Yasinitsky's music has been performed in over forty countries world-wide and he is a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Commission Project of New York, Meet the Composer West, ASCAP, Artist Trust, Washington State Music Teachers Association (WSMTA) and the Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA). Yasinitsky has written music especially for David Sanborn, Clark Terry, David Liebman and the USAF “Airmen of Note” big band. Over 210 of Yasinitsky’s compositions and arrangements have been published by Kendor Music, Belwin Jazz, Hal Leonard, Advance Music (Germany), Walrus Music, University of Northern Colorado Jazz Press, Dorn Music, Sound Music Publications, Daniel Barry Music and Falls House Press

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”Yasinitsky is known as a superb composer and arranger.” —Jack Bowers, ”Man, you play your CAN off!” —Lionel Hampton. ”Thelonious would have LOVED your arrangements.” —Nellie Monk. ”In an evening of highlights, one...stood above the others: tenor saxophonist Greg Yasinitsky’s rendition of... 'Ask Me Now.'” —Don Adair, Spokane Spokesman Review. ”[A] master musician...” —Larry Lapidus, Spokane Spokesman Review. ”One of the finest Northwest jazz musicians.” Jazz Player magazine. ”[A] genius composer and master saxophonist.” —Caleb Chapman, Founder and Director, Soundhouse, and President, Jazz Education Network. ”Outstanding solo.” —DownBeat magazine. ”Fabulous f***ing charts, man!” —T.S

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Greg is a Regents Professor at Washington State University in Pullman teaching jazz studies, saxophone and composition. He joined the WSU faculty in 1982 and has received numerous awards and accolades for his teaching.

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Greg has presented clinics and masterclasses around the world on a variety of topics including saxophone techniques, composition, arranging, jazz pedagogy, improvisation, big band rehearsal techniques and more.


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