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Thomas Matta boasts a body of work as a musician that spans an impressive spectrum of genres, styles, and disciplines. An active performer, Thomas has performed extensively across North America, Europe, and New Zealand, and is one of the most sought-after bass trombonists in Chicago's recording studios, concert halls, theater pits and other live-music venues. Thomas has performed and recorded with a diverse array of talents including the Woody Herman Orchestra, the {{Frank Mantooth = 9050}} Jazz Orchestra, the Rob Parton JazzTech Big Band, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Mulligan Mosaics, {{Ray Charles = 5648}}, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, {{Jimmy Heath = 7541}}, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Fulcrum Point, The Colorado Symphony, Concertante di Chicago, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra and many others. His compositions and arrangements of have been performed and recorded by premier orchestras, big bands and chamber ensembles worldwide--many of which are published by Kendor Music, Doug Beach Music, Andel Editions, and the UNC Jazz Press

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Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band: Sweet Return

Read "Sweet Return" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Trumpeter/educator and big band leader Bob Lark, reunites his Alumni Big Band after their critically acclaimed debut Reunion (Jazzed Media 2012), produced some of the best Jazz orchestrations in the business. Sweet Return is the group's encore performance, their return engagement, their audacious follow up and another masterful stroke by leader Lark. This Alumni band is ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

The Depaul University Jazz Ensemble: Salutes Woody Herman

Read "Salutes Woody Herman" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Were he still with us, bandleader Woody Herman would have turned one hundred years young on May 16, 2013. What better way, then, to mark the occasion than by doing something that made “the Chopper" happier than anything else: swinging hard and often. Chicago's DePaul University Jazz Ensemble does precisely that on this superb album comprised ...

ARTICLE: BIG BAND CARAVAN

Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band

Read "Albert–Hobbs Big Band / Jeff Hamilton–DePaul University Jazz Ensemble / Steve Taylor Big Band" reviewed by Jack Bowers

Dave Albert--Brian Hobbs Big Band Love Remembered Eidolon Records 2012 What a bold and unusual idea, opening a big-band album with a waltz performed by a trio. The Albert-Hobbs Big Band does exactly that with “For Mr. C," one of several dedications on its debut recording, Love ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Jeff Hamilton with the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble: Time Passes On

Read "Time Passes On" reviewed by Edward Blanco

One of the premier college jazz bands in the country joins forces with one of the most significant big band drummers alive today for Time Passes On, as the DePaul University Jazz Ensemble invites Grammy Award-winning drummer Jeff Hamilton for a live recording at Chicago's legendary Jazz Showcase. Under the leadership of Bob Lark, a renowned ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEW

Bob Lark and his Alumni Big Band: Reunion

Read "Reunion" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Veteran jazz trumpeter and flugelhorn master Dr. Bob Lark has directed many big bands in more than 20 years as Director of Jazz Studies at DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois. With Reunion, Lark reunites 22 musicians from those bands as his Alumni Big Band, debuting the group on a monster collection of powerful orchestrations. While the ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Chicago Composers Big Band, Directed by Thomas Matta at The Jazz Showcase on March 16-18

Chicago Composers Big Band, Directed by Thomas Matta at The Jazz Showcase on March 16-18

The Jazz Showcase Historic Dearborn Station 806 S. Plymouth Court Chicago, IL jazzshowcase.com Monday March 16 Tuesday March 17 Wednesday March 18 8:00 and 10:00 pm REEDS: John Wojciechowski, Nick Mazzarella, Chris Madsen, Greg Ward, Mark Colby, Dan Nicholson, Jerry DiMuzio. TRUMPETS: ...


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