Matt Harris graduated from the University of Miami with a Bachelor''s degree and from the Eastman School of Music with a Master''s Degree in Jazz Composition. He moved to Los Angeles in 1984 after touring with jazz greats Maynard Ferguson and Buddy Rich. Matt''s versatility as a writer, arranger, and performer keep him very busy in the L.A. studios. His music can be heard on numerous jingles, film scores, CDs, and live productions.
Matt has four CDs of original music including "Reflections", his first big band recording, featuring the Kluvers big band from Arhus, Denmark. Matt has three piano books and more than 150 pieces of music published by Kendor Music, Walrus Music, Heritage Jazz Works and UNC Jazz Press. Matt has been commissioned to write music for bands from Australia, New Zealand, Japan, The Airmen of Note, The Falconaires, and many high schools and colleges throughout the country. He has also arranged music for the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Metrapole Orchestra from the Netherlands.
Matt is the Co-Director of Jazz Studies at California State University Northridge, directing the award winning Jazz "A" Band and teaching jazz arranging, improvisation, combos, jazz harmony, class piano, and private piano instruction. Matt’s performance schedule includes Bellavino Wine Bar in Westlake, High Schools, Universities, and various venues across the globe.
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