Denson Angulo portrait
  • Jazz Combo Program Coordinator, School Of Music


  • Doctor of Musical Arts, Performance, University of Utah. Project: Classical performance, Jazz studies Dissertation: "Crossing Over: A Pedagogical Treatise for Cross-genre Bass Playing"
  • Master of Music, Music Performance Classical/Jazz, Brigham Young University
  • Batchelor's of Arts, Music Performance/Music Technology, Brigham Young University Hawaii


Denson Angulo is one of the most sought-after bassists in the Salt Lake City metro area. With a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in classical performance and jazz studies, and skills in an abundance of music styles, Denson has worked extensively as an educator and free-lance professional playing electric bass, acoustic jazz, and classical double bass. A sample of his credentials include international tours to China, Taiwan, Australia, and most ofEurope; performances with jazz greats Bob Mintzer, Bob Berg, Randy Brecker, Victor Wooten, Nicholas Payton, Bob Shepard, Jamie Abersold, Wycliffe Gordon, Dennis DiBlasio, Kathy Kosins, Tom Scott, Shelly Berg, Bobby Shew, Gregg Bissonette, Carl Allen and many others. As a classical musician, he has recorded for ESPN, ABC, NBC television, DreamWorks Pictures, and LDS motion pictures, and performed solo bass repertoire with the Honolulu Symphony.

As an educator he has maintained private bass studios for over 20 years. He has traveled the inter-mountain west as an adjudicator and clinician and has been a full-time professor at Brigham Young University Idaho coordinating their Classical/Jazz bass studio, running their jazz combo program, and teaching jazz history. He also taught at Snow College in Ephraim, UT working with classical and jazz bass students and teaching jazz improvisation. Currently, Denson is free-lancing in the Salt Lake City metro area, an adjunct bass instructor at Utah Valley University, and an Assistant Professor, Lecturer (of jazz studies) at the University of Utah.