Domi Edson is an emerging force in jazz education, leadership, and performance. Domi has founded and organized Women in Jazz Days in both Washington and Colorado, and has served as a faculty member for the CCJA SheBop Young Women in Jazz Workshop. Originally from Seattle, WA and now residing in Colorado, Domi has performed at Dazzle, Nocturne, Seattle radio station KNKX, and at multiple Jazz Education Network conferences with Central Washington University Jazz Band 1 and the 2020 Sisters in Jazz Combo. In 2021 she was awarded the David Baker scholarship for her talent, spirit, and commitment to the field of jazz studies.
Domi’s introduction to the bass was very non-traditional. Throughout high school she played piano and clarinet/saxophone. Having auditioned for jazz band on bari sax her senior year, she was surprised to find herself placed in jazz I on the upright bass. Despite (unsuccessfully) begging her teacher to let her play saxophone, she soon came to realize that the bass had always been the instrument she was meant to play, and immediately began to study with Jon Hamar. This one life event steered her away from pursuing a career in mechanical engineering and towards a career in music.
Domi attended Central Washington University, earning a degree in classical bass performance. While she was there, she discovered that in addition to playing music she had a passion for arts administration. She served as her Jazz Education Network’s (JEN) chapter president for two years, leading to her presenting at multiple JEN conferences and working with JEN in developing their collegiate chapter program. Feeling frustrated with the lack of female representation of jazz, she decided to take matters into her own hands and founded CWU’s Women in Jazz Day- a full-day conference featuring eight clinicians and over 150 attendees from all over Washington State (cwuwomeninjazzday.com). In addition to her work in jazz advocacy and leadership, Domi also worked to hone her craft under the mentorship of Dr. Anna Jensen and Chris Bruya. While playing with CWU’s Jazz Band I she experienced the honor of performing at the JEN conference in Reno, and while playing in the CWU Jazz Combo I she performed on Seattle radio station KNKX with guest artist Dawn Clement. In addition to her jazz career, Domi performed regularly with folk ensemble Tinkham Road, and both the Wenatchee Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Mid Columbia Symphony Orchestra.
Wanting to further pursue her jazz career, Domi decided to move to Colorado to attend the University of Northern Colorado, studying with Erik Applegate. In addition to performing with the UNC Lab Band I and the Vanguard Combo, Domi received the honor of performing at the JEN conference with the 2020 Sisters in Jazz Collegiate Combo coached by Tia Fuller. While studying at UNC, Domi has become an in-demand performer in Colorado’s Front Range, performing frequently at venues such as Dazzle and Nocturne. In addition to her performing, Domi’s passion for leadership in jazz led to her serving as the vice president for UNC’s JEN chapter and founding UNC’s first women in jazz day (uncowomeninjazzday.com). Graduating from UNC in 2021, Domi moved to Denver to pursue both her jazz performance career and her passion for arts administration through her job with Dazzle Presents.
Some of artists that inspire Domi are Christian McBride, the Brian Blade Fellowship, the Jeff Hamilton Trio, John Clayton, and Dawn Clement. As a capstone to her career thus far, Domi recorded and released her debut album “Without the Re” in the spring of 2021.