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Rich Matteson

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Rich Matteson (1929-1993)
was internationally recognized as one of the most exciting jazz soloists and clinicians.
A graduate of the University of Iowa, Rich had a wide and varied career as a
public school music teacher, professional performer, conductor, arranger, composer and university professor. He was an outstanding recording musician in every jazz idiom.
Rich recorded with Louis Armstrong & The Dukes of Dixieland on tuba;

college and professional big bands on bass trumpet, valve trombone and euphonium;
his own small group recordings; and the Matteson-Phillips Tubajazz Consort albums.

Rich was a professor at North Texas State University for 13 years where he taught jazz improvisation. 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.

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