This month's concert features Matt Shevitz, an in-demand musician in the jazz, blues and popular music scenes of the 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.
Shevitz is a contributor to DownBeat Magazine since 2009 with articles analyzing transcriptions of jazz solos as well as jazz theory and effective practice habits. He is featured regularly on WDCB, Chicago’s jazz radio station, both as an interviewee and a performer and has released two albums as a bandleader, Forward Motion (2018) and First Take! Live on WDCB (2022). Shevitz is a professor and the Director of Jazz Ensembles at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, IL.