Jason DeCristofaro

Jason DeCristofaro

Jason DeCristofaro is an active educator, performer, and composer based in Asheville, NC. He is adjunct faculty at Warren Wilson College, where he directs the Jazz Ensemble and teaches Jazz Improvisation, Jazz History and World Music, and A-B Technical Community College (Asheville, NC), where he teaches Jazz History, Music Appreciation and serves as accompanist for the A-B Tech Chorus.

A published composer with C. Alan Publications, DeCristofaro's concert works have been performed in New Zealand, China, Sweden, and all over the United States, and he has been a featured guest composer with the Symphony of the Mountains and the Asheville Ballet. He is also the founder and artistic director of Asheville Composer Concerts. DeCristofaro has presented at Harvard University for the International Journal of Arts and Sciences (IJAS), Virginia Tech for the Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy (CHEP), and Black Mountain College Museum.

The winner and recipient of the 2011 Yamaha/Percussive Arts Society Terry Gibbs Scholarship, an international scholarship competition for jazz vibraphonists, DeCristofaro has been invited to perform as a clinician and guest artist at numerous jazz festivals, conferences, and universities throughout the Southeast, including the Brevard Music Center (Brevard, NC), Furman University (Greenville, SC), The Eastern Trombone Conference (Washington, D.C.), Jazz on the Square (Spartanburg, SC), Jazz on Main (Greenville, SC), Western Carolina University Jazz Festival (Cullowhee, NC), Appalachian State University (Boone, NC), and North Greenville University (Tigerville, SC). His original Jazz compositions are featured on three albums, Live at the Altamont (featuring Swiss flutist Calen Gayle), Dialogues (with pianist and UNC-Asheville Jazz Studies director Dr. William Bares), and Magic Numbers (a trio recording with bassist Daniel Iannucci and drummer Micah Thomas).

Jason holds a Master of Music Performance from University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Liberal Arts and Sciences from UNC-Asheville, and is currently working towards his Doctorate in Music Education at Boston University.

Articles by Jason DeCristofaro:

Scott Sawyer's Dreamers Recording a Sublime Introspection for Jazz Listeners

Jazz Media Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  September 5, 2015

A Celebration of PDQ Bach

Orchestral Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  July 12, 2015

Chamber Music Lives in Trio Cavatina

Chamber Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  April 10, 2015

The Mothlight Hosts Two Excellent Percussion Ensembles

Percussion Ensemble Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  March 1, 2015

Marimba Mastery with Gwendolyn Dease

Recital Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  February 1, 2015

An Evening with Shana Tucker

Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  January 17, 2015

Asheville Symphony Orchestra: Tchaikovsky and Two Timpanists

Orchestral Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  November 22, 2014

Cinderella Dazzles at Diana Wortham Theatre

Dance-Theatre Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  May 16, 2014

Dasch Saxophone Quartet Brings Diverse Repertoire to Life

Chamber Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  February 18, 2014

The Brian Felix Trio and The Birth of the Cool

Jazz Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  February 9, 2014

Nutcracker Revisited at Diana Wortham Theatre

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  December 13, 2013

Brevard Music Center: An Eclectic Evening in Searcy Hall

Chamber Music Review by Jason DeCristofaro,  July 1, 2013