It is not uncommon to learn about Dawn's clients via radio, TV or print. A current member of the Jazz Journalist's Association (JJA), her first brush with public relations, promotions and marcomm (marketing / communications) came in 1990. Poised for a career with a German hotel consortium in Berlin, bilingual event marketing was put on hold after a brief two year introduction.
Before beginning DeBlaze & Associates, this errand girl for rhythm worked as director of development for HEC-TV, and a consultant for Verizon Wireless. Now, manager of her own public relations firm, they specialize in media campaigns for the entertainment industry with an emphasis on jazz and its events.
DeBlaze's role oversees a variety of projects with a campaign focus on strategic planning, media relations, market promotions, writing, and event programming. In 2002 her firm began to produce and host a quarterly not-for-profit music event called J.A.M., and plan award-winning entertainment. Responsible for international and nationwide events, Dawn's PR role helped grow a jazz festival attendance by 14,000 to gain national prominence. As editor of a monthly jazz events newsletter, she educates and cultivates music enthusiasts around the globe. Suffice it to say, her tombstone might one day read: "Lobbyist for Jazz and Architect of Words."
A native of St. Louis who has served as Vice-President of Events on the Young Zoo Friends board, Dawn DeBlaze remains active with the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), Jazz Education Network (JEN), Advancement of Jazz Study & Performance Advisory Council, along with several other industry and community organizations.
Prior to starting DeBlaze & Associates, Dawn interned at Bayer Chemical Company in Germany. Her undergraduate studies include a bachelor's degree in German and a minor in international business from Indiana University.
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Old Webster Jazz & Blues Festival (8 years), Greater St. Louis Jazz Festival (5 years), Topeka Jazz Festival (2 years), Finale Music + Dining (2 years), Encore! (1 year), Inaugural J.E.N. Conference, Dr. Lou Fischer, Clark Terry, John Pizzarelli, Diane Schuur, Bobby Caldwell, Jon Faddis, Peter Erskine, "Blue Lou" Marini, Misha Segal, Wayne Bergeron, Paquito D'Rivera, Shelly Berg, Karin Allyson, Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, Tierney Sutton, Jeff Hamilton, Missouri University Jazz Band, Mike Mainieri, Stanley Jordan, Johnnie Johnson, Fontella Bass, Jim Widner, Bobby Watson, Marilyn Maye, Chris Vadala, Billy Peek, Mike Silverman's Classical Jazz Quartet (a.k.a. Bach to the Future), Erin Bode, Rickey Woodard, B.D. Lenz, Wild Cool & Swingin' featuring Charlie Boehme + Jim Manley, Norman Hedman, Ahmad Alaadeen, Matthew Von Doran, Carolbeth True, Alan Ox, Al Hammerman, Arvell Keithley, Soulard Blues Band, Gumbohead, Steve Schankman, Jeanne Trevor, Jack Furlong, and Tim + Tito Pascoal.