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Gregory W. Yasinitsky

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Gregory W. Yasinitsky


Gregory W. Yasinitsky (b. 3 October 1953, San Francisco, Calif.) is an American composer, arranger, saxophonist and educator.

Dr. Yasinitsky earned degrees in composition at the Eastman School of Music (DMA) and San Francisco State University (MA, BM). His teachers include Joseph Schwantner, Wayne Peterson, Lou Harrison, Samuel Adler and Robert Morris.

Yasinitsky is a composer, arranger and saxophonist active in jazz and classical music. Winner of the American Prize for Orchestral Composition, his music is widely published and performed around the world.

As a saxophonist, Greg has performed with Randy Brecker, Sean Jones, Stan Getz, Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn,Lou Rawls, Patti Austin, Clark Terry and many others. He performs regularly with the jazz groups Gator Tail, Crosscurrent and Jazz Northwest and is principal saxophonist with the Spokane Symphony. His latest recording is YAZZ Band featuring an all star big band, his compositions and saxophone playing. Also, Greg is a regents professor in the School of Music at Washington State University and is a board member of the Jazz Education Network.

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