Saxophonist & Educator
Saxophonist Autumn Dominguez has been illustrated by her mentors and peers as a, “passionate, humble, and captivating musician.” Mentor and jazz pianist Angelo Versace shared he was, “impressed by her work ethic, determination, and musical leadership.” Dominguez is the creator and host of “Strawberry Jam,” a popular jazz jam session in Tucson, which has been favored by musicians from all over Arizona for over two years. Currently, Dominguez lives in Tucson, where she works locally as a freelance musician and private saxophone tutor.
Throughout her musical journey, Dominguez has had the opportunity to play alongside eminent musicians such as Joe Lovano, Lee Konitz, Terrell Stafford, Delfeayo Marsalis, John Riley, Khari Lee, Ashlin Parker, Warren Wolf, and Andre Hayward; to name a few. Though Dominguez is primarily a jazz player and composer, she is classically trained, and her ability to adapt to all genres of music has provided her with exceptional opportunities in southern Arizona. Dominguez performed a solo arrangement of a classical African piece as an opener for singer Michelle Coltrane, daughter of jazz legend John Coltrane, at the 2016 Diaspora Showcase in Tucson. She also collaborated with local Tucson artists to write and record an original score for the documentary, “A Modern Zoo,” a short UA student film about the Tucson Reid Park Zoo that was overseen by former National Geographic editor, Carol Schwalbe. This is simply a portion of her accomplishments as a well-rounded musician.
Dominguez earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies in May 2019; where she was mentored by admirable artists such as Dr. Edward Goodman, Dr. Angelo Versace, world-renowned trumpet player Jason Carder, and incredible tenor saxophonist Brice Winston. Dominguez currently studies under Dick Oatts, a brilliant saxophonist who is on faculty at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University and has sat as lead alto of the Village Vanguard/Mel Lewis Orchestra in NYC since the 1970s. As her journey continues, it is evident Dominguez has the type of determination and devotion that will carry her wherever she aspires to go.