Artist's NamePhil Mattson
Participating Group Directors
As an accompanist, Phil has played with several notable singers and players, among them: Mark Murphy, Don Shelton, Sunny Wilkinson, Michele Weir, Jennifer Barnes, Barbara Morrison, Richie Cole, Ernestine Anderson, Carmen Lundy, Cornelius Bumpus, Carl Anderson, and Inga Sweringen. He has led the vocal jazz groups - the pm singers, VoicesIowa, Vocalogy and Phil Mattson Singers.
Phil served as Vocal Jazz Director for The Stan Kenton Clinics, ACDA National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz and, annually, conducts the Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival. In the summer, Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz/Choral Workshops are presented on campuses in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been nominated for two Grammy awards.
The Maria Carrillo High School Jazz Choir is from Santa Rosa, California, which is in the heart of Sonoma County Wine Country. This group is made up of 11 students from grades 10 - 12. They are chosen by audition and rehearse every morning from 7:00 - 8:00 AM. They are a highly dedicated group of students that are known for clean a cappella harmonies, beautiful blend and warm tone color. This group of young singers travels throughout the state of California to different performances, festivals and competitions. They have been invited twice by the City of Santa Rosa to perform at their sister city's Fire Festival in Jeju, South Korea. In 2003 they performed at Carnegie Hall by invitation of Phil Mattson and are honored to be with Mr. Mattson again in 2012.
Jazz on the Vox is Solano Community College's vocal jazz ensemble which meets one-night-a-week during the semester. This "class" has been taught/directed by Kristy Juliano for the last four years. Although there is often much matriculation in college courses, the singers of this ensemble, many of whom are alumni of St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School's award-winning Project Jazz and Jazz Tech ensembles who are now working adults in our community, are driven to continue expressing their passion for music through the genre of vocal jazz. This ensemble represents only a small version of the full ensemble now enrolled in the class. We hope we represent Solano Community College and our fellow musicians well.
SHE4! is one of six choral groups at Sparta High School, a rural 9-12 high school in western Wisconsin with approximately 700 students. Their name comes from their gender, as well as an acronym for "Sixth Hour Ensemble". Since its inception in 2006, SHE4! has performed twice at the Phil Mattson Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival, and was one of seven choral groups selected to perform at the WCDA State Convention. One of the SHE4! singers was selected for the 18-voice North Central ACDA Vocal Jazz Honor Choir in 2010 with the Real Group, under the direction of Phil Mattson and Steve Zegree.
Sparta Vocal Jazz is one of six choral groups at Sparta High School in Wisconsin. The ensemble travels to 5-6 vocal jazz festivals each year. Students have enjoyed working with leading performers and educators including Phil Mattson, Darmon Meader, and Steve Zegree. Students have been awarded scholarships to attend vocal jazz camps at SWCC, Western Michigan, and UW-LaCrosse. Students from Sparta Vocal Jazz have been chosen to perform in the Wisconsin All-State Vocal Jazz ensemble each year since its inception. This marks the fifth appearance of Sparta Vocal Jazz in New York City with the Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz Festival.