MATTESON-PHILLIPS TUBAJAZZ CONSORT PERSONNEL
RICH MATTESON (1929-1993), long considered by colleagues and enthusiastic audiences as one of the world’s great jazz artists; Rich’s chosen instruments were the euphonium and tuba. lie came from a musical family and his father was his high school band director. Early on, Rich developed such an interest in jazz that it became an obsession. As he entered his senior year of high school, his family moved from Ada, Minnesota to Rock Island, Illinois. The twin-cities of Rock Island, Moline. and Davenport were famous for local jazz greats (Bix Biederbeck, Louis Bellson. ct. al.) and had numerous clubs that booked traveling bands and combos, providing opportunity for local musicians to develop and perform. After a brief tour of duty performing and arranging for an Army band (1950-52), Rich earned a degree from the University of Iowa majoring on tuba (there was no degree offered for euphonium), all the while working clubs on weekends. After graduating from college, Rich taught high school music in Durant, Iowa which, being only 19 miles from Rock Island, allowed him to continue working clubs on weekends. In 1957 Rich moved to Las Vegas and became a ‘Nevada Musician” working clubs in Las Vegas. Reno, and Lake Tahoe. He played bass trumpet and valve trombone with trumpeter comedian Ish Kabibble. In 1958 he joined she Bob Scobey band and pioneered the use of tuba in a walking bass style. He joined the Dukes of Dixieland in 1961 and embellished his growing reputation on their celebrated recording with Louis Armstrong. Rich treasured his work with musician comedian Pete Barbuti. Rich gave l3arbuti much credit for his own incredible sense of humor and flawless timing when working an audience, at which he was masterful. Over the years, Rich especially cherished his appearances with Clark Terry. In 1968 Rich became a clinician for the Getzen Company, moved to Dallas, and maintained a busy travel schedule performing as clinician, soloist with high school and college stage bands, inspiring young musicians. He soon realized that with music education he had found his real niche. In 1973, after numerous guest appearances, Rich was appointed to teach jazz improvisation at the University of North Texas. He was able to continue his soloist clinician activities. Rich and Harvey Phillips conceived and cofounded the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort (MPTJC) in 1975-76. Rich became a Yamaha clinician in 1976. In 1985 while appearing with the River City Brass Band, Jacksonville. Florida he met Ira Koger (businessman, philanthropist, jazz enthusiast). In 1986 Rich was appointed to the University of North Florida faculty as Distinguished Professor of American Music (a position endowed by Ira Koger) and promptly established a jazz department. In 1992 Rich retired from the University of North Florida as Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Other numerous honors include: The Spirit of Disney Award. 1989; election to the Jazz Educators Hall of Fame. 1990; Disney Mousecar Award, 1992; Legends of Music Award. Yamaha Corporation-1992; Lifetime Achievement Award, TUBA-ITEC, Lexington, KY-1992; Downbeat Lifetime Achievement Award-1992.
HARVEY PHILLIPS, for over twenty years was an extremely busy freelance artist in the studios and concert halls of New York City (1950-71) performing in every music discipline and recording on every major record label. He also served New England Conservatory of Music President Gunther Schuller as Vice President for Financial Affairs 11967-71). In 1971 he joined the faculty of Indiana University’s School of Music, following his beloved mentor, William J. Bell. In 1979 the Indiana University Trustees bestowed upon him the rank of Distinguished Professor. He retired from IU in 1994 with the rank of Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Music. From 1986-1994 he also served as Executive Editor of The Instrumentalist magazine. He has performed some two dozen solo recitals in NYC’s Carnegie Recital Hall (sponsored by The Carnegie Hall Corporation), presented the first tuba recital at the Library of Congress. and performed some 200 clinic/recitals throughout the world. He has commissioned dozens of solo and ensemble compositions. He has been a catalyst in structuring and presenting numerous music conferences and festivals. He was a founding member of the New York Brass Quintet and a co-founder of various other ensembles and music publishing companies. He is the recipient of many honors including: Honorary Doctor of Music, New England Conservatory of Music- 1971; Honorary Doctor of Humanities, University of Missouri- 1987; Lifetime Achievement Award, Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association-1992; ‘First” Mentor Ideal Award, Association of Concert Bands 1994; Tribute to Harvey Phillips, TUBA JOURNAL -1994; Edwin Franko Goldman Citation, American Bandmasters Association-1996; Lifetime Achievement Award, United Musical Insrruments-1996; Medal of the Order of Merit (Sudler Award) Sousa Foundation-1994; “First” Legion of Honor, Goldman Memorial Band-2002. To quote Gunther Schuller: “…Harvey Phillips is a legend among brass players and other instrumentalists…he is the major progenitor in his field…his efforts on behalf of other musicians never cease.”
ASHLEY ALEXANDER (1934-1988) was a favorite improvisational partner of Rich Matteson An outstanding jazz player on euphonium and trombone, Ashley taught applied brass and conducted jazz programs at The University of Northern Iowa and Mt. San Antonio College. Walnut, CA. For many years he maintained a busy freelance schedule as a performer and clinician. He was featured at numerous jazz conferences and workshops throughout the United States and Canada. Ashley is remembered with much fondness, admiration and respect by all who knew him.
BUDDY BAKER distinguished himself as a jazz performer on both trombone and euphonium and as a dynamic music educator. Buddy has been a driving force in the International Trombone Association since its inception and served as ITA President 1976-78. He has made dozens of appearances as a clinician/soloist and is recognized as a leader in motivating and expanding opportunities in the music profession and in music education. He toured and recorded with Stan Kenton. He has also toured with Woody Herman and Henry Mancini. With 40 years of college teaching, he has taught at Indiana University, Colorado University and in May 1998 retired from The University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, Colorado.
>DANIEL PERANTONI, Tuba. An outstanding soloist, clinician and recording artist with many compositions written especially for him. He is a member of the St. Louis Brass Quintet, Summit Brass, and Symphonia. Since 1995 he has held the position of Professor of Music at the Indiana University School of Music. Previous faculty positions include Arizona State University and the University of Illinois. Dan is one of America’s most successful teachers of tuba and euphonium; his students hold major positions in symphony orchestras, military bands and chamber ensembles throughout the world. A respected leader of his profession, Dan served as the first President of TUBA. (now ITFA).
WINSTON MORRIS, Tuba. A catalyst, prime innovator and motivator of multiple tuba/euphonium ensembles, Winston is founder/conductor of Symphonia. He is prime motivator and co-author of “The Tuba Source Book” published by Indiana University Press. His concerts and recordings have won critical acclaim around the world. He has inspired and commissioned more works for tuba euphonium ensemble than any other. Primarily through his efforts a Constitution and Bylaws for Tubists Universal Brotherhood Association (TUBA.) were adopted at the Eirst International Tuba Symposium Workshop (F.I.T.S.W.) held at Indiana University in May, 1973. A force for expanding opportunities in performance and music education, he is on the faculty of Tennessee Technological University.
JACK PETERSEN, Guitar. A renowned performer and teacher of guitar Jack has performed with a variety of ensembles including the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestras, Stan Kenton, Doe Severinsen and many other celebrity artists. He is also in demand as a composer and arranger. He has taught at the Berklee School of Music, University of North Texas. and the University of North Florida. Jack continues to maintain a busy performance schedule.
TOM FERGUSON, Piano. Now a busy freelance jazz pianist in Las Vegas, Tom has served as Director of Jazz Studies at Arizona State University and as jazz panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. He has served as president of The National/International Association of Jazz Educators. He has also served on the faculty of the Stan Kenton clinics. Tom has been a featured artist with Dizzy Gillespie. Bill Watrous, Clark Terry, Louie Bellson and many other jazz greats as well as numerous big bands and combos.
DAN HAERLE. Piano. For over thirty years Dan Haerle has maintained active performance and teaching careers. He has been a featured artist with the Clark Terry Quintet, and many other jazz greats (Chris Connor, Mel Torme, Al Jarean, Woody Shaw, Kai Winding. Freddie Hubbard. et. al.) He is a popular clinician and guest artist at many colleges and universities and has several jazz text books published. In the summer of 2002, after 25 years (Regents Professor for ten years), Dan retired from the Jazz Studies Division of the College of Music at the University of North Texas.
RUFUS REID, Bass. A busy jazz bassist in the New York City area. Rufus is internationally recognized for his outstanding work with the big bands of Jimmy Heath, Thad Jones & Mel Lewis, (others)~ ensembles of JJ Johnson, Dexter Gordon, Bill Evans, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, (others)~ and for accompanying Nancy Wilson. He has over 250 recordings in his Discography. Also an exceptional educator, his book “The Evolving Bassist” is recognized as a definitive bass method. For 20 years he served as Director of Jazz Studies and Performance, William Patterson University. The New Jersey Chapter of LAJE named Rufus Outstanding Educator” of 1999.
KELLY SILL, Bass. For over 25 years Kelly Sill has worked as a house bassist for Rick’s Cafe American, George’s, The Jazz Showcase, Pop’s, and The Green Mill. The other jazz greats be has worked with represent a veritable “Who’s Who in the World of Jazz.”
ED SOPH, Drums. Ed is an Associate Professor in the College of Music at the University of North Texas where he has taught for fifteen years. He continues to perform and record, most notably in a group co-led with trumpeter Marvin Stamm featuring pianist Bill Mays and bassist Rufus Reid. He also tours and records with a trio led by pianist Stefan Karlsson with Tom Warrington on bass.
STEVE HOUGHTON, Drums. Internationally respected as a jazz drummer, percussionist, clinician and educator, Steve Houghton first achieved acclaim at age 20 as a drummer with Woody Herman’s Young Thundering Herd. Steve has shared stage and studio with Diana Krall, Toots Thielemans, Christian McBride, Toshiko Akiyoshi, Freddie Hubbard, Lyle Mays, Billy Childs, Pat LaBarbara, Arturo Sandoval, Joe Henderson, and Maureen McGovern. Steve can be heard on over 100 recordings. His interests in music education has prompted publication of several instruction books. He is on the visiting faculties of Indiana University-Bloomington and the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He is also on the faculty of the Henry Mancini Institute. Steve has been the Chair of the International Association of Jazz Educator’s (IAJE) Resources Team.