Matt Olson

Open Spaces

Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: OA2 Records
UPC: 0805552219623
Catnr: OA2 22196
Release date: 11 March 2022
1 CD
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€ 19.95
OA2 Records
Catalogue number
OA2 22196
Release date
11 March 2022

About the album

Developing his musical voice and extensive performing career in Chicago and the upper Midwest, saxophonist Matt Olson documented his move to South Carolina with his 2019 recording, 789 Miles. Now firmly rooted in the South, Olson teams with his new musical family to present a set of all original music, highlighting the burgeoning musical rapport that's emerged since his arrival. Along with veteran Greenville musicians, Matt Dingledine on guitar, bassist Shannon Hoover & drummer Justin Watt, Olson invited saxophonist Adib Young, an undergraduate student at Furman University, to round out the quintet and contribute two compositions. "As an improviser, Olson is a raconteur who integrates a touch of soul into a commanding voice..." - All About Jazz
Der Saxophonist Matt Olson, der seine musikalische Stimme und seine umfangreiche Konzertkarriere in Chicago und im Mittleren Westen entwickelte, dokumentierte seinen Umzug nach South Carolina mit seiner 2019 erschienenen Aufnahme 789 Miles. Mittlerweile fest im Süden verwurzelt, präsentiert Olson zusammen mit seiner neuen musikalischen Familie eine Reihe von Originalmusik, die die aufkeimende musikalische Beziehung, die seit seiner Ankunft entstanden ist, hervorhebt. Neben den erfahrenen Musikern aus Greenville, Matt Dingledine (Gitarre), Shannon Hoover (Bass) und Justin Watt (Schlagzeug), hat Olson den Saxophonisten Adib Young, einen Studenten der Furman University, eingeladen, das Quintett zu ergänzen und zwei Kompositionen beizusteuern. "Als Improvisator ist Olson ein Geschichtenerzähler, der einen Hauch von Soul in seine souveräne Stimme einfließen lässt..." - All About Jazz


Equally home as a jazz and classical saxophonist, Conn-Selmer and D'Addario Endorsing Artist Matt Olson is Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. He hails from Racine, Wisconsin, and holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in addition to a Master of Music degree in Jazz Pedagogy and Bachelor of Music degree in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University. Matt’s teachers have included Frederick Hemke, Debra Richtmeyer, Mike Kocour, Don Owens, Paul Bro, Ron Bridgewater, Tom Wirtel, Thomas Matta, and Jonathan Helton.

Matt’s professional work includes performances with Randy Brecker, Chris Potter, Kenny Barron, Stefon Harris, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Wayne Bergeron, Jeff Coffin, John Fedchock, Jason Marsalis, Byron Stripling, Ken Peplowski, Veronica Swift, Kevin Mahogany, Doc Severinsen, Ryan Keberle, Andy Martin, Wycliffe Gordon, Chris Vadala, Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Bernadette Peters, Lou Rawls, Michael Feinstein, Johnny Mathis, Ben Folds, Bob Newhart, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, the Four Tops, children’s entertainer Shari Lewis, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the South Carolina Jazz Masterworks Ensemble, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His performances have taken him to the Montreal Jazz Festival, Carnegie Hall and Chicago's Jazz Showcase and Orchestra Hall.

As a recording artist, Matt will release his third solo recording, Open Spaces, featuring his undergraduate student Adib Young, on OA2 Records, in January 2022. His previous solo recordings, 789 Miles (OA2 Records) and Vortex (self-released), along with his two recording with the collaborative jazz sextet Unhinged Sextet, Clarity, and Don't Blink, have received worldwide radio airplay and numerous positive reviews, including being featured on Joey Defrancesco's Sirius/XM radio program "Organized."

Matt has been a part of commissions that have resulted in new works for the saxophone by composers Frank Ticheli, John FitzRogers, Christopher Dobrian, Don Owens, and Roscoe Mitchell. He has presented performances and master classes at numerous national and regional conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance, World Saxophone Congress, and the United States Navy International Saxophone Symposium. He has also been a featured guest artist at Northwestern University, Arizona State University, the University of Chicago. the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, the University of Idaho, and high schools throughout the United States. He has published articles in both Downbeat magazine and The Saxophone Symposium, and eJazzlines publishes Matt's original compositions for large jazz ensemble.

Matt is active nationally as a clinician and adjudicator. He has presented clinics at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and the South Carolina Music Educators Association professional development conference. He was previously the instructor of saxophone for the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities and a summer instructor for the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University. He also conducted one of two 2005 South Carolina Band Directors Association All-State Jazz Ensembles. He holds memberships in a variety of professional music societies including the North American Saxophone Alliance, Jazz Education Network, National Association for Music Education, BMI, Pi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.


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