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Life & Work with Autumn Dominguez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Autumn Dominguez.

Hi Autumn, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I grew up in the very small country town of Prescott, Arizona. I was raised by my grandparents and great-grandparents on my dad’s side, and the old movies and old vinyl records I was surrounded by had a huge influence on my interests as a kid. I started playing guitar, singing, and writing music at a young age; and I eventually discovered my love for jazz and the saxophone at age 11.

I have been pursuing my passion ever since! I earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona in Saxophone Performance/Jazz Studies, and I now work as a freelance musician and private tutor in Tucson, AZ.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
When a kid grows up in a small town that doesn’t have a lot of live music to go see and professional musicians living there to look up to, it’s really easy to become naive and over-confident.

When I got to the UA, I found out I didn’t know as much about music as I thought I did, and it was sort of soul-crushing at first. Not only was I surrounded by these talented classically-trained musicians; but I was also around a lot of people my age who had attended the Tucson Jazz Institute in middle and high school – one of the most prestigious and well-known jazz programs in the country.

In addition to that, my first handful of professors weren’t as uplifting as they could’ve been.

That all being said, I do believe the only way to truly surrender yourself to music, and realize your artistic voice, is to experience these types of hardships and leave the ego behind. I believe the growing pains artists experience are worth it in the long run.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I’m mostly known for my softer sound on the alto sax and my unique singing voice. (I also play the soprano and tenor saxes, but the alto is my true love). I tend to play a lot of jazz music from the bebop and swing eras – embracing my old soul tendencies feels right… haha.

I’m really excited for the release of my first album ‘Sunflower Seeds,’ which will be on streaming Friday, May 13th. Physical copies are also for sale on my website!,” It’s more or less a compilation of all the compositions I’ve written/arranged in the last few years, and the themes of the album are Growth and Acceptance. I didn’t realize my compositions had a common theme until recently, but I wrote them during a time in my life when I was experiencing a lot of grief and growing pains.

I suppose something that sets me apart from others is my way of depicting emotions. I love writing poetry, and all the lyrics in my compositions are just little poems with music behind them. I really mean everything I write, from the bottom of my heart, and I think this album could potentially help a lot of people heal.

I feel when artists are vulnerable with themselves, it opens a lot of doors for both the artist and the listener alike.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
The little things in life make me happy! Spending time with the ones I love, my elderly special needs cat named Doris, eating burritos, and sharing the gift of music. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and every moment is meant to be experienced fully.

Pricing:

  • Album (CD) – $15
  • Album release show at Club Congress – tickets $15 (or $10 for students) on clubcongress.com/centuryroom

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Image Credits
Miranda Rico Photography

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