Matt Otto with Xose Miguélez
Matt Otto is currently the Assistant Professor of Jazz Studies at Kansas University (KU) teaching Jazz Theory and Performance, Jazz Combo 1 and private lessons. Matt is also an Adjunct Professor at the Rutgers New Brunswick teaching online courses in jazz improvisation, theory and performance.
Matt Otto studied music performance and composition at Indiana University, Berklee School of Music, New School Jazz (BFA) and California Institute of the Arts (MFA). Having lived in Japan for 5 years, New York City for 7 years and Los Angels for 6 years, he has performed with a variety of artists including Anthony Wilson, Larry Koonse, Rashid Bakr, Ben Monder, Wadada Leo Smith, Willie Jones III, Alan Ferber, Mark Ferber, Albert “Tootie” Heath, and many others.
Matt currently performs his original compositions with his Kansas City based septet with members Gerald Dunn on alto saxophone, Jeff Harshbarger on acoustic and electric bass, Shay Estes (vocals), TJ Martley on Piano/Keys, Mike Warren and/or Brian Steever on drums and Hermon Mehari on trumpet, as well as traveling several times per year to NYC and LA to perform and record with various jazz artists.
Matt has recorded and performed with the Grammy nominated Anthony Wilson Nonet (The Power of Nine, Groove Note 1035, 2006), and performers frequently in Los Angeles with the Grammy Nominated Alan Ferber Big Band as well as having recorded on over 50 CD’s as both a leader and a side man.
Xose Miguelez is one of the new voices of saxophone in Spain. In his professional career, Xose has already played in notable events including the London Jazz Festival BBC Radio 3 (UK), Multi-City Music Fest (India), Festival de jazz Imaxinasons (Spain), Vodice Jazz Festival (Croatia), Festival Interceltique Lorient (France), Portugal-jazz CCB (Lisbon), and GirandoPorSalas (Spain), among many others.
He graduated from both Guildhall School of Music, London and ESMAE Porto University. He has also studied with world leading jazz musicians Matt Otto, Jean Toussaint and Jean-Michel Pilc. In 2008 he won the renamed, Caixa Galicia Foundation’s scholarship in Spain.
Xose is also one of the most renowned musicians within the folk and traditional music of Galicia, noth-west of Spain. In 2006 he became the first to graduate in this field from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Vigo.