Jazz Workshop June 3rd

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Why not turn the stay at home restriction into an opportunity to broaden your musical abilities? On Wednesday, June 3, 2020, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. local jazz trumpeter Matt Hill will offer an online class in improvisation strategies using the jazz standard, Take The A Train composed by Billy Strayhorn, as the focus melody. 

The ninety-minute class will be offered online. Interested advanced beginner to intermediate musicians are invited to attend. Pre-registration for the course is required. The registration fee for the class is $5. Questions about the online class can be sent directly to Matt Hill, Executive Director of the Dream Big Music Program at this email address:

All those who pre-register for the class will receive an e-packet of class materials to review and prep for the online instruction. The e-packet of materials includes: lead sheet score for C, B♭, and E♭ instruments; listening links for definitive recordings by both vocalists and instrumentalists; and an outline of relevant terms and symbols to be discussed during the online instruction.

“Take The A Train" is well suited as the jazz standard for this instruction,” explains Matt Hill, “because so many of our country’s jazz giants have recorded a version of this song. I will be referring to renditions by Duke Ellington and Ella Fitzgeral and others to illustrate how each artist expresses the melody, their improvisation strategies, and tips for accompanying the rhythm section.”

Hill’s goal for the online class is to help participants gain an understanding of phrasing, articulation, and basic knowledge of improvisation for performing across group orchestration to solo performance.

 Take The A Train often mistakenly credited to Duke Ellington, was composed by Billy Strayhorn. Strayhorn composed this iconic tune on the way to meet Duke Ellington for the first time and the songs inspiration was the directions on how to get to Duke’s place via the subway. Now everyone knows taking the A train is the quickest way to get to Harlem.

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Add the excitement of a full swing band or relax to light jazz background music, Matt Hill & Friends will bring an elegant ambiance to your event!

Are you planning a wedding? Matt Hill & Friends offers a variety of styles from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder. The group can play the ceremony, move to the cocktail hour and expand up to 7-piece group to get the party started. Their unique take on jazz standards is engaging and refreshing. Past Performances include: PPG Place, corporate events, private parties, weddings, festivals and even the White House!

Matt Hill & Friends is available for festivals, concerts, clubs, dances, weddings, conventions, corporate functions, and parties of any kind.

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About the Jazz Duo

Matt Hill and Aaron Carey began performing together as a jazz duo in 2018. Combining electric and classical guitar with trumpet and flugelhorn, the duo regularly performs a variety of jazz styles as well as pop hits and Christmas music throughout the Upper Ohio Valley and the Pittsburgh area. 

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Joe Boni Guitar

Jack Skidmore Bass/Vocal

Matt Hill Flugelhorn/Vocal

This group plays a variety of styles from Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder. Matt Hill & Friends will bring an atmosphere of elegance to any event. The group is available for private parties, corporate events, weddings, festivals, restaurants, and clubs.  Past performances include PPG  Center Pittsburgh PA  

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Matt Hill



Hill studied music education at Shepherd College and West Liberty State College. He has performed in jazz clubs and concert venues in the United States and Italy. Past performances include playing for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame groups such as The Impressions, Little Anthony, and The Tymes. Additionally, Hill's jazz combo performed at the White House for President Clinton during the Candlelight Tours. As Founder and Executive Director of the Dream Big After School Music Program, Hill teaches children weekly throughout the Ohio Valley. In addition, Hill performs and directs music for the Community Made Serenade program in Wheeling, WV


Aaron Carey




Guitarist Aaron Carey has been teaching and performing for over 20 years both locally and nationally. He earned a Master of Education from Bethany College and a Bachelor of Arts in Music from West Virginia University. A Bethany College music faculty member since 2005, Carey also teaches at CA House Music in St. Clairsville, OH, and J&K Musician's Workshop in Washington, PA, and is active as a solo performer and in several groups. Carey frequently releases original music through Bindrune Recordings in North America and Nordvis Produktion in Europe.