Saxophonist Autumn Dominguez has been illustrated by her mentors and peers as a, “passionate, humble, and captivating musician.”
Autumn Dominguez is a versatile saxophonist, vocalist, bandleader, and composer based out of New Orleans. Born and raised in Arizona, Dominguez has had a great deal of opportunity and experience; from starting and leading her own quintet to creating and hosting one of AZ's most popular straight ahead jazz jam sessions, "Strawberry Jam," for nearly five years. After seeing the success of Strawberry Jam, drummer Arthur Vint asked Autumn to be the first host of a weekly jam session at his new club, The Century Room, a borderlands jazz club and mezcal lounge located in Tucson. Autumn hosted the Late Night Jam at the Century Room every Sunday, until she moved to New Orleans.
Dominguez is also an educator and has been blessed with opportunities to share her passion in many different settings with students of all ages. She currently teaches at the Don "Moose" Jamison Heritage School of Music and has her own private studio.
Dominguez has many outstanding accomplishments as an artist, but her proudest accomplishment so far is the release of her debut album, "Sunflower Seeds." The album was self-produced and features her own eclectic original compositions and arrangements, as well as a voice memo interview with legendary saxophonist Lee Konitz. In addition to Konitz, Dominguez has been able to play and study with a great deal of admirable musicians such as Joe Lovano, Terell Stafford, Dick Oatts, Herlin Riley, Jason Marsalis, Quiana Lynell, Ashlin Parker, Khari Allen Lee, and Wess "Warmdaddy" Anderson; to name a few. Recently, Dominguez was a featured artist in a show with the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra, a big band led by drummer Adonis Rose.
“I am impressed by her work ethic, determination, and musical leadership.”
- Dr. Angelo Versace, UA Director of Jazz Studies
Dominguez earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Arizona in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies in May 2019. She studied classical saxophone under Dr. Edward Goodman and was mentored by notable artists such as jazz saxophonist Brice Winston, pianist Dr. Angelo Versace, and world-renowned trumpet player Jason Carder.
As her journey continues, it is evident Dominguez has a special kind of determination and devotion that will carry her wherever she aspires to go. Autumn continues to take every opportunity that is presented to her in the Big Easy, and she's working on her next album. Stay tuned!