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Phil Mattson

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Phil Mattson

Phil Mattson is a pianist, arranger, conductor and teacher. His curriculum and teaching led to the establishment of The School for Music Vocations at Southwestern Community College in Creston, Iowa. Currently he resides in St. Paul, MN and leads The Phil Mattson Singers, a vocal jazz/choral ensemble.

Phil has served as Director of Choral Activities at Foothill College (CA) and Gonzaga University (WA) and has taught at Pacific Lutheran University (WA) and at The Phil Mattson School (WA). His undergraduate studies in Philosophy/Religion and Music were done at Concordia College (Moorhead, MN), summa cum laude, and his graduate work in Choral Literature and Conducting at The University of Iowa as an NDEA Fellow.

Phil has written many arrangements for vocal jazz ensemble and choir. Manhattan Transfer, Chanticleer, The Real Group, The Dale Warland Singers, The Four Freshmen, Clockwork, Beachfront, Solstice, Phoenix and Clarion Chamber Chorale are among the groups who have commissioned his arrangements. In addition, he edited the arrangements of Gene Puerling for publication.

As an accompanist, Phil has played with several notable singers and players, among them: Mark Murphy, Don Shelton, Sunny Wilkinson, Michele Weir, Jennifer Barnes, Barbara Morrison, Richie Cole, Ernestine Anderson, Carmen Lundy, Cornelius Bumpus, Carl Anderson, and Inga Sweringen. He has led the vocal jazz groups - pm singers, VoicesIowa and Vocalogy.

Phil served as Vocal Jazz Director for The Stan Kenton Clinics, ACDA National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Vocal Jazz and, annually, conducts the Carnegie Hall Vocal Jazz Festival. In the summer, Phil Mattson Vocal Jazz/Choral Workshops are presented on campuses in the United States, Canada and Europe. He has been nominated for two Grammy awards.

Songbooks and Collections (See Individual Arrangements)

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Phil Mattson : The Arrangements of Phil Mattson : SATB : Sheet Music : Phil Mattson : 

Phil Mattson : The Arrangements of Phil Mattson

Review: Here's a collection from vocal jazz guru Phil Mattson. "Love For Sale" was written for Chanticleer in a gospel a cappella feeling featuring a female solo. "Dancing In The Dark" was arranged for the Swedish vocal jazz ensemble, The Real Group. It is written in an a cappella bossa nova groove with some quasi-funk sections. The arrangement, which treats text as a metaphor for human life, features vocal percussion opportunities. The classic Manhattan Transfer arrangement of "Body and Soul" includes lyrics about Coleman Hawkins and jazz singer Eddie Jefferson. "Love Lost" - An original piece by the Four Freshmen that was the title song from their beautiful album with strings. Has opportunities to feature both vocal and instrumental solos. SATB with rhythm section. "You Must Believe In Spring" - A lovely text beautifully set to music by Michel LeGrand with lyrics by Alan and Marilyn Bergman, featuring spots for three short solos. One of the most profound lyrics over the last fifteen years. With piano.

Songlist: Dancing In The Dark, Love For Sale, Body And Soul, Love Lost, You Must Believe In Spring

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4801b | Sheet Music $14.95 | SATB add item to cart Vocal Jazz Arrangements


Phil Mattson : Vocal Jazz: The Art & Technique : DVD : Phil Mattson : 

Phil Mattson : Vocal Jazz: The Art & Technique

Review: Phil Mattson, director of the School For Music Vocations, shares his wealth of knowledge and experience on this information-rich video. With the aid of the mixed sextet, VoicesIowa, who perform selections such as "Embraceable You," "Body And Soul" and "Dancing In The Dark," Phil gives an overview of harmony, melody and phrasing. Also, he expounds on the importance of quality literature, and gives the viewer a brief introduction to the chief contributors to the development of the jazz idiom. Phil also dispenses his philosophy throughout, and his integrity and insight into the process of musical performance - a process requiring the body and the soul - shows remarkable wisdom and clarity.

Songlist: The Rehearsal As Sacred Time, Choral Tone, The Architecture of Performance, Quality Literature, Time/Rhythm, Vocal Technique, Complete Performances, Melody/Harmony Balance, Building Group Musicianship, Text/Word Stress, Phrasing , Harmonic Skill-Building Exercises

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6001dvd | DVD $29.95 add item to cart Vocal Jazz Instructional


Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa : Count Your Blessings : DVD : Phil Mattson : 

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Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa : Count Your Blessings

Review: Formed at Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations in 1991, the mixed-voice sextet VoicesIowa was recently honored by Down Beat Magazine as "Vocal Jazz Group of the Year." Their repertoire also includes Renaissance part-songs, 19th and 20th century compositions and arrangements of contemporary music. Their Director Phil Mattson has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. These 12 songs, recorded live at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, feature Mattson-arranged winners like "Snow Covers the Valley," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Burt Bacharach's "Alfie," "Never Let Me Go," Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen's classic "Blues in the Night" and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Ward Swingle's "Country Dances" and the Swingle-arranged "Satchmo," Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Anders Edenroth of the Real Group's "Friendship" and Bobby McFerrin's "Jubilee" are other favorites. Great stuff, from the first cut to the last!

Songlist: Since All Is Passing, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Snow Covers the Valley, Jesu, Meine Freude, Alfie, Jubilee, Never Let Me Go, Satchmo, Friendship, Blues in the Night, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep), Country Dances

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Phil Mattson & Vocalogy : Is God A Three Letter Word For Love : 00  1 CD : Phil Mattson :  : 9001

Phil Mattson & Vocalogy : Is God A Three Letter Word For Love

Review: 1999 is the 100 year anniversary of the birth of the jazz master Edward Kennedy "Duke" Ellington - a genuine American hero. Though his accomplishments were many, Ellington characterized his sacred compositions, coming towards the end of his career, as "the most important thing I have ever done." Leave it to Phil Mattson and his Vocalogy ensemble (consisting of six faculty members at the Southwestern Community College School For Music Vocations), to record the first vocal group arrangements of these compositions (some are accompanied by a rhythm section as well). Ellington wrote these songs for a San Francisco concert at Grace Cathedral in 1965, and went on to perform this program internationally until his death in 1974. We have not heard the CD itself come presstime, but we understand that songs such as "In The Beginning God," "Come Sunday" and "Father Forgive," while spiritual and earthy, are written in the tried-and-true Ellington big-band style. An appropriate tribute indeed from Mr. Mattson.

Songlist: In The Beginning God, Is God A Three-Letter Word For Love?/ My Love, T.G.T.T., Ain't Nobody Nowhere Nothin' Without God, Father Forgive, Almighty God, The Shepherd, Something 'Bout Believing, Come Sunday, Heaven

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Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa : Count Your Blessings : 00  1 CD : Phil Mattson : 

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Alfie

Phil Mattson and VoicesIowa : Count Your Blessings

Review: Formed at Southwestern Community College's School for Music Vocations in 1991, the mixed-voice sextet VoicesIowa was recently honored by Down Beat Magazine as "Vocal Jazz Group of the Year." Their repertoire also includes Renaissance part-songs, 19th and 20th century compositions and arrangements of contemporary music. Their Director Phil Mattson has been nominated twice for Grammy Awards. These 12 songs, recorded live at St. Andrew's Lutheran Church in Mahtomedi, MN, feature Mattson-arranged winners like "Snow Covers the Valley," Bach's "Jesu, Meine Freude," Burt Bacharach's "Alfie," "Never Let Me Go," Johnny Mercer/Harold Arlen's classic "Blues in the Night" and Irving Berlin's "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep." Ward Swingle's "Country Dances" and the Swingle-arranged "Satchmo," Duke Ellington's "Don't Mean A Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing," Anders Edenroth of the Real Group's "Friendship" and Bobby McFerrin's "Jubilee" are other favorites. Great stuff, from the first cut to the last!

Songlist: Since All Is Passing, It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing), Snow Covers the Valley, Jesu, Meine Freude, Alfie, Jubilee, Never Let Me Go, Satchmo, Friendship, Blues in the Night, Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep), Country Dances

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Individual Arrangements (See Songbooks and Collections)

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Song NameArrangerComposerArtistItem TitleFormatTrax
'S WonderfulPhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
'S WonderfulPhil MattsonGeorge GershwinPhil Mattson'S WonderfulSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
AlfiePhil MattsonBurt Bacharach / Hal DavidVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
AlfiePhil MattsonBurt BacharachVarious ArrangersClassic Jazz SongsSheet Music (SSAA)MORE DETAILS 
AlfiePhil MattsonBurt BacharachVarious ArrangersA Cappella Movie ThemesSheet Music (SATB divisi)MORE DETAILS 
Almighty God/HeavenPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Away In a MangerPhil MattsonJerry RubinoAn American ChristmasSongbookMORE DETAILS 
Blues In The NightPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Body And SoulPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Body And SoulPhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Body And SoulPhil MattsonJohnny GreenPhil MattsonThe Arrangements of Phil MattsonSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Bons AmigosPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Close Enough For LovePhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
CorcavadoPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Count Your Blessings Instead Of SheepPhil MattsonIrving BerlinVarious ArrangersIrving Berlin A CappellaSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Dancing In The DarkPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Dancing In The DarkPhil MattsonPhil MattsonThe Arrangements of Phil MattsonSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
DesafinadoPhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Embraceable YouPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Evening Prayer (from Hansel and Gretel)Phil MattsonPhil MattsonEvening Prayer (from Hansel and Gretel)Sheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Facinating RhythmPhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Georgia On My MindPhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
GotchaPhil MattsonGene PuerlingUNC Vocal Jazz EnsemblesHot V 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Heart and SoulPhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Here We Come a CarolingPhil MattsonVoice TrekThe Spirit Of Christmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Here's To LifePhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
How Do You Keep The Music PlayingPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
How Long Has This Been Goin' OnPhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Get Along Without You Very WellPhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Hear MusicPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Hear MusicPhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Remember CliffordPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I Remember YouPhil MattsonMercer / SchertzingerBeachfront PropertyBeachfront Property 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I'll Be Home For ChristmasPhil MattsonFour FreshmenFreshmas 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I'll Be Seeing YouPhil MattsonSammy FainVarious ArrangersRomance ClassicsSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
I'll Be Seeing YouPhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I'm Beginning to See the LightPhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I'm In The Mood For LovePhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
I've Got You Under My SkinPhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
If I Loved YouPhil MattsonVoicesIowaHere's To Life! 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
JeaninePhil MattsonP.M. SingersNight In The City 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Just The Way You ArePhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Lazy RiverPhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
LazybonesPhil MattsonVoicesIowaWithout A Song - Tribute To Hoagy Carmichael 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Love at HomePhil MattsonPhil MattsonLove at HomeSheet Music (SSATB)MORE DETAILS 
Love For SalePhil MattsonCole PorterVarious ArrangersStandards 5Sheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Love For SalePhil MattsonVoicesIowaHow Do You Keep the Music Playing 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
Love For SalePhil MattsonCole PorterPhil MattsonThe Arrangements of Phil MattsonSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Love LostPhil MattsonBob FlaniganPhil MattsonThe Arrangements of Phil MattsonSheet Music (SATB)MORE DETAILS 
Mack The KnivePhil MattsonVoicesIowaSeptember Song 1 CDMORE DETAILS 
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