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Sound Quality Series Presents Evening of Jazz Feb. 10

Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies Matt Olson

The Furman Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Combos will present a concert Friday, Feb. 10, at 8 p.m. in Daniel Recital Hall on the Furman campus.

A Sound Quality Concert Series event and part of Furman’s Cultural Life Program, the performance is open to the public. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $5 for students.

Matt Olson, Associate Professor of Saxophone and Director of Jazz Studies at Furman, will conduct the ensemble and combos. The jazz combos are coached by both Olson and Furman faculty member and jazz guitarist, Steve Watson.

The performance features the music of George and Ira Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Tito Puente, and more.

A native of Racine, Wis., Olson is a scholar and performer in the areas of jazz and saxophone. He has performed with a number of renowned artists including Randy Brecker, Kurt Elling, Benny Carter, Ken Peplowski, Kevin Mahogany, Chris Vadala, Doc Severinsen, Manhattan Transfer, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Lou Rawls, Johnny Mathis, Wayne Newton, the Temptations, the Four Tops, children’s entertainer Shari Lewis, the Chicago Jazz Ensemble, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. His performances have taken him to the Montreal Jazz Festival as well as Chicago’s Jazz Showcase and Orchestra Hall.

Olson holds a bachelor’s and master’s from Northwestern University, and a DMA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

For more information about the event, contact the Furman University Music Department at (864) 294-2086, or email the department at

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