Aquinas College Jazz band students were offered an amazing opportunity on 13 June to work with Matt Harris – renowned arranger, composer, jazz pianist and educator. Students workshopped repertoire that they are performing for the up and coming Performing Arts Night on the 7 August.
Pieces included: Prayer Meeting – written by Matt Harris and Sesame Street.
Matt is the director of Jazz Studies at the California State University Northridge campus in Los Angeles. He has written, arranged for and played piano in the Buddy Rich Band and Maynard Ferguson Big Band, has arranged and played for people such as Bobby Shew, Kurt Elling, Kevin Mahogany and Diane Schuur , has published many great big band arrangements of his own compositions, recorded 6 CD’s of his own music, etc! Have a look at his website www.mattharrismusic.com for more information.