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Director Jason Squinobal

Jason Squinobal

Jason Squinobal is a professional musician, educator, and scholar. He performs internationally with his group The Horizon Band and as a freelance musician. Squinobal has performed at The Hartford Jazz Festival, the “Africa Meets North America Music Festival” in Los Angeles, the Midwest Music Festival in Chicago, and as a guest soloist at Long Lake Camp for the Arts in Long Lake, NY. Squinobal has also toured Jamaica, and has performed in clubs and jazz venues throughout the United States and Canada. Squinobal specializes in jazz, but plays many different kinds of music including fusion, funk, blues, reggae, and world music. Squinobal’s main instrument is the tenor saxophone, but he also performs on alto and soprano sax and bass clarinet.

Jason Squinobal has had the opportunity to attend some of the world’s finest performing arts schools including the Greater Hartford Academy of the Performing Arts, Interlochen Arts Academy, and Berklee College of Music. While attending Berklee, Squinobal study jazz improvisation with Jerry Bergonzi, George Garzone, Ed Tomasi, Dave Santoro, Bill Pierce, Shannon LeCleare and Dino Govoni. He graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BM in Music Education.

In 2005 Squinobal received a teaching fellowship to attend the University of Pittsburgh graduate program in ethnomusicology. At Pitt, Squinobal acted as Dr. Nathan T. Davis’s assistant aiding him in multiple aspects, from teaching undergraduate lectures and directing the University of Pittsburgh jazz ensemble and small combos, to arranging jazz compositions for the Annual University of Pittsburgh Jazz Seminar. Jason also managed both the William R. Robinson Digital Recording Studio and Sonny Rollins Jazz Archives.

Squinobal earned his PhD in Ethnomusicology in April 2009. His dissertation entitled, “West African Music in the Music of Art Blakey, Yusef Lateef, and Randy Weston” explores the social and cultural influences that encouraged those three musicians to incorporate elements of West African music into their compositions and jazz performance. Squinobal has presented his research internationally at the Guelph Jazz festival and Symposium at Guelph University, Guelph Canada; the Society for Ethnomusicology Annual Conference at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut; and the New Jazz Histories Symposium, University of Salford, Manchester England.

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