Intro to Jazz!
Take a look into the intuitive nature of jazz piano through an overview of its language and structure. Pianists interested in exploring the world of jazz and improvisatory playing will love this 4-week workshop with Paul Matthews! Students will get hands-on intensive exploration of some of the styles and approaches to harmony and rhythm available to the jazz pianist. This workshop will study the form of the blues, some well-known standards, and Latin jazz using a broad approach intended to illustrate possibilities.
This class is being offered in 2 levels to ensure that all ages and experience levels can participate.
Paul Matthews, Piano
Born and raised in the New York metropolitan area. Undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame. Upon finishing school, relocated to Chicago in 1994 and worked as blues/rock sideman for several years. Returned to New York in 1998 to study jazz and Latin jazz with Bruce Barth and Delfin Perez, and to study classical piano with Martin Soderberg. Formed a trio. Recorded an album. Scored two films. Moved to Austin in 2001. Did his graduate work in Composition with a Jazz Emphasis at The University of Texas. Has played with every major Latin jazz and Salsa ensemble in Texas. Winner of Univision’s Premios de Texas 2006 award for Best New Artist and 2007 award for Best Salsa/Merengue. Has played with some of the biggest names in Salsa, including legendary Puerto Rican singer Tony Vega who said of Paul to a crowd one evening in San Antonio, TX (in Spanish), “This guy may not understand a word I am saying, but he gets the soul of the music…” Leader of Latin orchestra Timberos Del Norte and producer/composer of their debut recording (Austin American-Statesman Top Ten Releases of 2014). Continues to compose/produce across many genres. Member of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and the Latin Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.