Errand girl for rhythm and media matchmaker.
It is not uncommon to learn about Dawn's clients via radio, TV or print. A
of the Jazz Journalist's Association (JJA), her first brush with public
and marcomm (marketing / communications) came in 1990. Poised for a
career with a
German hotel consortium in Berlin, bilingual event marketing was put on
hold after a brief
two year introduction.
Before beginning DeBlaze & Associates, this errand girl for rhythm
worked as director of
development for HEC-TV, and a consultant for Verizon Wireless. Now,
manager of her own
public relations firm, they specialize in media campaigns for the
with an emphasis on jazz and its events.
DeBlaze's role oversees a variety of projects with a campaign focus on
media relations, market promotions, writing, and event programming. In
2002 her firm
began to produce and host a quarterly not-for-profit music event called
J.A.M., and plan
award-winning entertainment. Responsible for international and
Dawn's PR role helped grow a jazz festival attendance by 14,000 to gain
prominence. As editor of a monthly jazz events newsletter, she
educates and cultivates
music enthusiasts around the globe. Suffice it to say, her tombstone
might one day read:
"Lobbyist for Jazz and Architect of Words."
A native of St. Louis who has served as Vice-President of Events on the
Young Zoo Friends
board, Dawn DeBlaze remains active with the Public Relations Society
of America (PRSA),
Jazz Education Network (JEN), Advancement of Jazz Study &
Performance Advisory Council,
along with several other industry and community organizations.
Prior to starting DeBlaze & Associates, Dawn interned at Bayer
Chemical Company in
Germany. Her undergraduate studies include a bachelor's degree in
German and a minor
in international business from Indiana University.
Select Media Coverage for the Following
JEN Conference 2010, Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival (8 years),
Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival (5 years), Topeka
Jazz Festival (2 years), Finale Music + Dining (2 years), Clark Terry,
John Pizzarelli, Diane
Schuur, Jon Faddis, Peter Erskine, "Blue Lou" Marini, Wayne Bergeron,
Shelly Berg, Karin Allyson, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Tierney
Sutton, Jeff Hamilton,
Stanley Jordan, Johnnie Johnson, Fontella Bass, Jim Widner, Bobby
Watson, Marilyn Maye,
Chris Vadala, Billy Peek, Erin Bode, Rickey Woodard, B.D. Lenz, John
Clayton, Wild Cool &
Swingin' featuring Charlie Boehme + Jim Manley, Norman Hedman,
Matthew Von Doran, Carolbeth True, Al Hammerman, Arvell Keithley,
Soulard Blues Band,
Gumbohead, Steve Schankman, Jeanne Trevor and Tito Pascoal.