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Grammy winner Matzinger and friends to perform Dec. 9 at MSU

December 5, 2011


Ryan Matzinger, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and instructor at the Montana State University School of Music, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in MSU's Reynolds Recital Hall. Matzinger is a Bozeman native who has gone on to perform with jazz greats. Photo courtesy of Ryan Matzinger.   High-Res Available

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A concert featuring Ryan Matzinger, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and instructor at the Montana State University School of Music, is set for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in MSU's Reynolds Recital Hall.

Matzinger will be joined by musical colleagues, including renowned local bassist Kelly Roberti and Los Angeles drummer Richard Sellers. The concert will feature a wide variety of jazz tunes including be-bop, ballads and blues.

Matzinger appears and performs as "Ryan Montana." He is a singer-songwriter, Grammy Award-winning jazz saxophonist, recording artist, internationally touring musician, teacher, producer and studio engineer. Matzinger is currently pursuing and continuing his performing, teaching and recording career while researching and studying jazz saxophone and African-American history while developing a series of saxophone method books at MSU.

Matzinger was born and raised in Bozeman and has lived and recorded in Southern California for the last 11 years. Matzinger moved to San Diego in 2000 to serve as the artist community director for MP3.com after studying jazz performance and African history at The Hartt School. He also studied music performance and cultural anthropology at Duke University under Sonny Rollins and Paul Jeffrey. Matzinger performed as alto saxophonist and horn section leader for the late Ike Turner, and remains an active member of the current "The Kings of Rhythm," a band credited with recording and producing the very first rock 'n' roll song, "Rocket 88," in 1951.

Matzinger was named "Jazz Artist of the Year" in the 2004 Los Angeles Music Awards. His latest studio time and production work has been with singer-songwriter Earl Thomas and with a new artist collective called "JAAMA."

Tickets for Matzinger's concert are $10 general admission or $5 for students, and are available at the door.

Reynolds Recital Hall is located in Howard Hall, the music building, which is located across 11th Avenue from the MSU Duck Pond.

Ryan Matzinger (406) 994-3562, ryan.matzinger@msu.montana.edu