Jazz/Pop Combos

Director Matt Shevitz

Come listen to students perform songs from a wide range of genres including funk, punk, jazz, soul, and Afro-Cuban music! The performance space is turned into a nightclub complete with refreshments and cafe tables.

Performance features a variety of types of jazz, ranging from classic to contemporary, instrumental as well as vocal.

About the Ensemble: The College of DuPage Jazz/Pop Combos perform songs from a wide variety of genres including jazz, pop, rock, punk, R & B and more. Members of the ensemble choose and arrange the repertoire and then work with the instructor to prepare the music for the stage. Combo alumni can be found gigging regularly around the Chicago area. Any genre of music welcomed.

About the Director: Matt Shevitz is an in-demand musician in the jazz, blues, and popular music scenes of Chicago area. He has performed alongside such internationally renowned jazz musicians as Dick Hyman, Ignacio Berroa, Howard Levy, Frank Capp, and Frank Wess along with blues/roots rock guitarist Eric Lindell and Ropeadope Records artists Spare Parts. Shevitz has performed at Jazz in the Park Festival (Milwaukee), Waterfront Blues Festival (Portland), Chicago Blues Festival, Lollapalooza and House of Blues in Chicago.  Matt is a contributor to DownBeat Magazine since 2009 with articles analyzing transcriptions of great jazz solos as well as jazz theory and effective practice habits. Matt is a professor and the Director of Jazz Ensembles at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL. He received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance degree from the Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Master of Music in Jazz Pedagogy from Northwestern Univ. and a Bachelor of Science in Music from the Univ. of Oregon.