Creston, IOWA—Two great artists, Phil Mattson and Michele Weir, will, as a duo, headline the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) 17th annual vocal jazz festival, now titled Fox Fest. Both artists will perform in concert on Friday, February 21, and Saturday, February 22, at 7:30 p.m., in the Performing Arts Center. Limited tickets will be available to the public each night at a cost of $25 per ticket.
Phil Mattson and Michele Weir have been performing together off and on for 30 years, with the result being a chemistry that is unique in itself. For those not fortunate enough to have witnessed these two when they take the stage together, it would be near impossible to describe the magic they create- so incredibly improvisational that one would be hard pressed to believe they aren't reading each other’s minds. The result draws the listener into an adventure riddled with playful creativity in a purely spontaneous manner. Phil and Michele have performed at Carnegie Hall many times over the years, and it is certainly a dynamic exchange not to be missed!
Phil Mattson is a pianist, arranger, conductor, and teacher. He founded The Phil Mattson School in 1983. It was the first school dedicated to educating “Singer Musicians.” This curriculum led to the establishment of The School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College in Creston, where he taught and led the school for 18 years.
As a pianist, Mattson has played with several notable singers and players such as Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Jefferson, Mark Murphy, Bobby McFerrin, Don Shelton, Sunny Wilkinson, Michele Weir, Anita Kerr, Jennifer Barnes, Barbara Morrison, Richie Cole, Ernestine Anderson, Carmen Lundy, Cornelius Bumpus, Carl Anderson, and Inga Sweringen. His work has been nominated for two Grammy awards.
Michele Weir is one of the leading figures in vocal jazz today. She has earned international recognition through a diverse set of talents as arranger, teacher, singer and pianist. Currently serving on the faculty of University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Michele taught previously at USC, CSU Long Beach, and the Phil Mattson School. Highly respected as a teacher and clinician, her work has taken her to more than 22 countries around the globe.
Weir is often featured as guest vocalist at educational jazz festivals and is a former member of the Grammy-nominated vocal group, The PM Singers. As a pianist, she has toured extensively with a variety of artists, including singer Bobby Vinton. Her solo CD with jazz guitarist Bruce Forman is titled, "The Sound of Music."
SWCC’s Fox Fest will encompass two full days of clinics and hands-on workshops. High school and college ensembles from across the United States will participate in the festival.
For more information including the official ticket order form, please visit the “Registration” section of the SWCC Vocal Jazz Fest Web site at www.vocaljazzfest.com. To pay for concert tickets by credit card, call the Southwestern Community College business office at 641.782.1448.