Teacher Profile: Domi Edson

Domi Edson

Domi Edson

Instrument(s): Bass, Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, Saxophone

City: Denver

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    About Domi Edson

    Domi Edson is an emerging force in music education, leadership, and performance. Originally from Seattle and now residing in Denver, she has performed with her band the Domi Edson Trio at Dazzle, Nocturne, Five Points Jazz Festival, Frankie's Jazz Club, The Royal Room, and live on KUVO.

    While maintaining a busy schedule as a performing bassist, Domi is passionate about music education. She has served on Jazz Education Network student chapter boards at both CWU and UNC and founded and organized both Universities' Women in Jazz Day festivals, which have continued even after she has graduated. Domi also works as a clinician for the Colorado Conservatory for the Jazz Arts and has been a faculty member for multiple SheBop Young Women in Jazz workshops as well as the Denver Day of Jazz. When not teaching, performing, or composing, Domi is an avid skier, cat lover, and Harry Potter trivia enthusiast.

    Domi’s musical journey started on piano at age 4 with Richard Grace, who she continued to study with until she graduated high school. Throughout high school, she played piano and clarinet/saxophone in ensembles until age 17. She auditioned for jazz band on bari sax her senior year yet was surprised to find herself placed in Jazz I on the upright bass despite no prior experience. Having (unsuccessfully) begged her teacher to let her play saxophone instead, she soon came to realize that the bass had always been the instrument she was meant to play. Playing bass made Domi realize she wanted to pursue music professionally and she immediately began to study with Jon Hamar.

    Domi has received degrees from Central Washington University (BA Double Bass Performance) and the University of Northern Colorado (MM Jazz Studies), studying under Dr. Anna Jensen, Chris Bruya, and Erik Applegate. During her Master's degree, Domi was selected as the bassist for the 2020 Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo through the Jazz Education Network, leading her to perform at the JEN conference in New Orleans under the mentorship of Tia Fuller. Since moving to Colorado, Domi has performed as a side-woman with artists such as Terrell Stafford, Charles McPherson, Greg Gisbert, Dawn Clement, Gayelynn McKinney, Paul Romaine, Annie Booth, Rico Jones, Jenna McLean, and many others.

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