Artie Shaw Orchestra

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Currently taking the director position is Matt Koza, a clarinetist /saxophonist who was born in Manhattan and raised in Brooklyn. Matt studied saxophone at Binghamton University-State University of New York, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree in 1995. He attended graduate school at Youngstown State University in Ohio and Queens College-City University of New York, where he was awarded the 1999 ASCAP Foundation Louis Armstrong Scholarship. In 2000 Matt began playing tenor saxophone with the Artie Shaw Orchestra, directed by Dick Johnson. During his tenure as the featured saxophone soloist with the orchestra they toured extensively worldwide, accompanying the likes of Tony Bennett, Jack Jones and Buddy DeFranco, and were featured at the Newport Jazz Festival. Matt is proud to assume the position as the director of the Artie Shaw Orchestra, and after years of being inspired by Dick Johnson’s virtuoso clarinet performances, he is honored to be the next to carry on Artie Shaw’s legacy.