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Thomas Matta

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  • Associate Professor
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  • Jazz Studies
  • ​Direct​or of DePaul Jazz Ensemble | Coordinator of Jazz Combo Program | Jazz Trombone ​

  • 773-325-4389
BM University of Minnesota - Duluth
MM University of Northern Colorado
Certificate in Performance DePaul University

Courses Taught
Jazz Ensemble​
Applied Trombone and Bass Trombone
Jazz Arranging I, II, and III
Advanced Jazz Composition I and II
Jazz Analysis and Applications 

Thomas Matta boasts a body of work as a musician that spans an impressive spectrum of genres, styles, and disciplines. An active performer, Mr. Matta has performed extensively internationally, and is one of the most sought-after bass trombonists in Chicago's recording studios, concert halls, theater pits and other live-music venues. Mr. Matta has performed and recorded with a diverse array of talents including the Count Basie Orchestra, the Woody Herman Orchestra, the Frank Mantooth Jazz Orchestra, Ray Charles, Natalie Cole, Aretha Franklin, Art Garfunkel, Jimmy Heath, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Fulcrum Point, The Colorado Symphony, the Ravinia Festival Orchestra, Chicago Sinfonietta, and the Chicago Philharmonic Orchestra.
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. He has contributed scores to the repertoire of jazz luminaries such as Jeff Hamilton, Phil Woods, Randy Brecker, Bill Reichenbach, and Clark Terry, to name a few.
The Tom Matta Big Band, comprised of a veritable “who’s who” in Chicago’s thriving jazz scene, released its critically acclaimed debut CD “Components” in late 2012.  The CD features seven original compositions for big band by Mr. Matta. The ensemble performs around the Chicagoland area regularly at jazz clubs and festivals.

Learn more on the Jazz Studies Studio Page​