Baritone saxophone and flute artist Denis DiBlasio takes the Glasrud Auditorium stage in Weld Hall Friday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m. He’s backed by the MSUM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Tom Strait, professor of music at MSUM.

Denis DiBlasioDiBlasio directs the jazz program at Rowan University in New Jersey. He is also the Executive Director of The Maynard Ferguson Institute of Jazz at Rowan. With nine recordings of his own, along with published texts, arrangements, and compositions, DiBlasio is known throughout the world as a performer and educator. For five years, he worked with Maynard Ferguson, also touring on his own during that time. He continues to travel around the world performing and teaching.

DiBlasio will also lead a clinic on jazz improvisation the same day at noon in Fox Recital Hall in the Roland Dille Center for the Arts on the MSUM campus. The clinic is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, March 28, at 8 p.m. DiBlasio performs with MSUM jazz faculty members at Studio 222, located at 222 Broadway in downtown Fargo. Tickets for that event at $10 and are available at the door.

For tickets to the Friday concert, go to, or call the MSUM Box Office at (218) 477-2271 Monday through Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., or buy at the door before the performance. Tickets are $12 for adults; $8 for seniors and students.

For more information, contact Tom Strait at (218) 477-4096, or