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Playing "Both Sides" of the Saxophone

Clinic Synopsis:

The modern saxophonist is expected to be versatile and to perform in a wide variety of musical settings. This clinic will focus on the skills and techniques required to achieve this versatility. It will emphasize fundamental areas of saxophone performance that are important to developing versatility as a performer, including tone production, articulation, and interpretation. It will also provide an overview of saxophone equipment, focusing on the mouthpieces and reeds appropriate for each style.

Matt Olson - Biographical Information

Matt Olson is Assistant Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman University. He holds a DMA from the University of Illinois, and a MM in Jazz Pedagogy and BM in Saxophone Performance from Northwestern University. Matt has performed with Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Ken Peplowski, Kevin Mahogany, Chris Vadala, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, the Temptations, the Four Tops, and the Milwaukee and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras. Matt has performed at numerous conferences of the North American Saxophone Alliance and World Saxophone Congress. He has also been a guest artist and clinician at Northwestern University, Arizona State University, University of Idaho, and high schools throughout the United States. He has been published in Downbeat magazine, and his debut jazz recording, Vortex, was released in March 2006.