Rich Matteson Sextet
Rich Matteson Sextet
Rich was the director of the National Stage Band Camps and Summer Jazz Camps in Sweden. He hosted the Rich Matteson Summer Jazz Camp in Colorado, served as a faculty member for the Stan Kenton Jazz Camps, and was the featured guest artist at the Clark Terry Great Plains Jazz Camps. Rich became involved with jazz education in 1968 and performed as clinician and guest soloist at high schools, colleges, and universities throughout the world. He appeared at state, regional and national conventions, major jazz festivals, and clubs worldwide.
Rich appeared on network television and recorded radio shows in the United States, Sweden, Germany, England, Norway, and Australia. Rich was also co-leader and arranger for the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort and was special guest artist with the St. Johns River City Band at Carnegie Hall in 1987. Regarded as one of the foremost authorities on teaching jazz improvisation and jazz band performance, Rich was clinician and concert artist for the Yamaha Corporation and served 17 years as a clinician and performer for the Walt Disney All American College Workshop Program. In 1986 Rich was appointed the Koger Distinguished Professor of American Music at the University of North Florida and in 1992 was honored as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Some of the awards presented to Rich include Down Beat Magazine Clinician of the Year and Spirit of Disney for outstanding contributions to music and music education.
In 1990 the International Association of Jazz Educators inducted Rich into the Jazz Educators Hall of Fame for his musical contributions and dedication to jazz education worldwide. Disney's 1991 Mousecar Award was presented to Rich as the Ambassador of Jazz to the World. In 1992 Down Beat Magazine presented Rich with the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2000 Rich was inducted into WJCT's Jacksonville Jazz Festival Hall of Fame as Educator, Musician, and Jazz Giant.
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