Camp Verde Jazz Festival


September 1, 2018


The Dom Moio Quartet

Drums - Dom Moio started playing drums in the fifth grade. In 1975 he went to New York to study with studio master Bernard Purdie. Then to Boston in 1976 to study with Jazz great Alan Dawson. Before leaving the East Coast Dom had the opportunity to play with Jazz greats Don Doane, Clark Terry, Herb Pomeroy, Dave McKenna, and many other players from the New England area. in 1978 Dom left for Reno Nevada where he soon started working the casino circuit. 1980-1984 he was the house drummer for the MGM Grand and Hello Hollywood Hello Show. 

Piano - A talented jazz pianist and keyboardist, the two time Emmy Award winning multi-faceted Nick Manson is also a composer, arranger and producer who has excelled in several fields. His piano playing is swinging, lyrical, consistently inventive, and quite individual. 

Bass -Dwight Kilian earned a Bachelor of Music degree from Wichita State University. A 1998 move to Phoenix opened more doors for Dwight to expand his teaching career; he subsequently offered jazz bass instruction at Mesa Community College, Glendale Community College, Southwestern Christian College, and Arizona State University. Dwight Kilian has performed with an impressive list of prominent jazz artists.

Saxophone - Tenor saxophonist Andrew Gross had been in bands in 1995-96, before enrolling in the jazz studies program at Arizona State University. He then moved to New York City to continue his jazz studies at the prestigious William-Paterson University in New Jersey, and from 2002-2005 at the New School University in Manhattan, where he earned a bachelor of fine arts degree. Returning to Arizona in 2006, Gross earned his master’s degree at ASU while actively working as a professional jazz musician.


The Uptown Big Band

The Uptown Big Band is a 13-piece vintage jazz orchestra playing standards from the WWII Era, swing music from around the world, music from the Roaring 20s, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s to the present, and Rock. Talented vocalists have stage presence, and the band lights up the event with rhythm and pizzazz. Music Influenced by: Michael Buble, Pink Martini, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Harry Connick, Jr., Sinatra, Rat Pack, and Norah Jones. Venues played: The Wrigley Mansion, the Arizona Biltmore, the Scottsdale Fairmont Princess, the Phoenix Ritz Carlton, Phoenix and Scottsdale Hyatt Regency, Tucson's La Paloma and the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort.