Bio

    Carlos Mata-Alvarez is a Saxophonist and Woodwind specialist, as well as an award winning Composer/Arranger residing and working in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated with a BM in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015.  In 2014 he was a member of the house band for “A tribute to Ray Charles: Georgia on My Mind” at the Venetian which featured Clint Holmes, Kirk Whalum, Vocal Group Take 6, and Nnenna Freelon, as well as a sub for Las Vegas' Classic nightly show “The Rat Pack is Back” at the Rio. He played woodwinds for a new Disney produced musical entitled “When you Wish” and the classic “Beauty and the Beast” at the Tuacahn Performing Arts Center in St. George, Utah. He has been seen around Las Vegas leading his own group in a jazz series at The Crepe Restaurant and has played many dates as a band leader and sideman at the Dispensary Lounge Jazz Club. Carlos completed his Masters Degree in Studio Jazz and Commercial Writing in the spring 2018 at the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, Florida under the tutelage of Professor Gary Lindsay where he received a fellowship through the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Carlos was the graduate assistant for this flagship commercial orchestra at the Frost School, & worked behind the scenes specifically as an assistant composer/arranger, librarian/copyist & social media coordinator for all of their concerts and events. Through this institute he worked closely with the Dean of the Frost School of Music, Shelly Berg - a grammy nominated composer, pianist, TED speaker, and former head of Jazz Studies at USC - working on arrangements and re-orchestrations for guest artists such as Steve Miller, Jimmie Vaughan, Dave Grusin, Clint Holmes, Niki Haris, and Ann Hampton Callaway. While in Miami, Carlos formed his own group (the CMA Miami Qtet) which premiered at some of the finest jazz clubs in South Florida including Lagniappe, Le Chat Noir, & the Arts Garage. You can now find Carlos teaching composition, saxophone, and piano as an adjunct professor at the UNLV school of music, as well as subbing on several production shows on the Strip including the brand new show at the Palazzo, "BAZ - A musical tour de force" playing keyboards & woodwinds.

Awards

  • 5x Downbeat Magazine Student Award Winner 2013-2015

  • Outstanding Soloist Award at Monterey Next Generation Jazz Festival 2015

  • Finalist in 2016 Eastman Winds "Perform With Mintzer" Competition

  • Finalist (2nd place) in ASMAC (American Society of Music Arrangers & Composers) Bill Conti Big Band Competition

Representation

  • Featured several big band arrangements on Paul Colardarci's KUNV Radio Show "Swingin' With the Big Bands" 2014

  • Featured Interview in Las Vegas' "Jazz Notes" Magazine November 2015 Issue

Curriculum Vitae as PDF (2018)

- CMA conducting the Frost Recording Ensemble

- CMA conducting the Frost Recording Ensemble