Musical Director, Artist, Sideman, Multi-Instrumentalist,
Producer, Composer, Educator, & Entrepreneur
"Time is the most precious commodity. With Légère, I can pick up my instrument and instantly be able to execute without warming up the reed. This makes my time management far more effective. Time is on my side with Légère!" - Dominic Amato
Currently serving as MD for the Platinum Award winning international artist Sister Sledge.
Most recently Dominic conducted a performance with Nile Rodgers and Sister Sledge at the 2016 Songwriter’s Hall of Fame to induct Marvin Gaye, Nile Rodgers, Tom Petty, Elvis Costello, Chip Taylor & Bernard Edwards. New York City - June 2016
Dominic conducted and performed at the 2015 Festival of Families in Philadelphia for Pope Francis, along with a million member audience and was televised around the world. Dominic has toured as a Musical Director and sideman throughout the USA, Europe, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Morocco, Beirut, the Netherlands, Ibiza, Spain, Mexico, Switzerland, Scandinavia, Ireland, Scotland, Iceland, Central America... over 30 countries to date.
Dominic is a 4th generation multi-instrumentalist, proficient on saxophones, EWI & keyboards.
Dominic's 2011 radio single New Creation from his Illuminate record which he co-wrote and co-produced reached #2 on the Contemporary Jazz charts and remained in the Top 10 for seven consecutive months. Dominic's debut album, Fresh From the Groove, was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Michael Broening and released by Nu Groove Records in 2008. Fresh From the Groove achieved multi-national radio success on terrestrial and internet radio formats including XM Satellite Radio and Music Choice. Dominic is currently performing worldwide and has been selected to perform at major music festivals including the Las Vegas Jazz Festival, Arizona Jazz Festival, San Diego Jazz Fest, Houston Wine Fest, the Green Jazz Cruise & many more.
Dominic has made multiple appearances on the BETJazz television show Studio Jams. He performed a live, in-studio concert at XM Satellite Radio's Watercolors station with Contemporary Jazz group, Turning Point, in 2005. He received the Outstanding Musical Contribution award for his performance in the Arizona Office of Tourism's television documentary. Dominic has performed as a sideman in clinics for the Fender School of Bass with renowned bassist Mel Brown and live showcases for the NAMM Show in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to Légère reeds, Dominic endorses Theo Wanne mouthpieces.
Dominic's performance collaborations include: Nile Rodgers, Sister Sledge, Kool & the Gang, Jamie Foxx, George Benson, Philip Bailey, Jeffrey Osborne, Melanie Fiona, Tamia, The Voice television star Will Champlin, Jonathan Butler, Modern Drummer Winner Keith Carlock, Dennis Chambers, Jeff Lorber, Brian Culbertson, Rick Braun, Norman Brown, Brian Bromberg, The Bottom 40, Michael Whittaker, Adam Nitti, Peter White, Eric Marienthal, Jeff Berlin, Joey De Francesco, Actor/Comedian - Dana Carvey & the late great Jazz Organist Jimmy Smith.
CORPORATE ENTERTAINMENT CURATOR
Dominic provides customized entertainment and consultation for corporate events all over the world. He has performed or served as Musical Director for corporate events and private parties for clients that include: Virgin, Coca-Cola, Matell Toys, the NBA, Justin Timberlake, PEPSI, Velveeta Cheese, Davidoff Cigars, Phillips, Avnet, SRP, Juice Plus +, Arizona Diamondbacks, Stryker Medical, Barrett Jackson, Childhelp, Jerry Colangelo, Jason Kidd, Amare Stoudamire, Boris Diaw, Wayne Brady, the Phoenix Open & many more.
Dominic's formal music training includes undergraduate studies in music theory and jazz improvisation, and private study with world-renowned saxophonist and educator Eric Marienthal. Dominic is a 4th generation multi-instrumentalist, proficient on saxophones, EWI & keyboard. Dominic's Father is a saxophonist & his mother plays five instruments.