Alan Matheson is a Vancouver-based pianist, trumpeter, composer and arranger. He teaches at the University of British Columbia School of Music where he is an instructor in jazz piano and trumpet and at the Vancouver Symphony School of Music where he lectures in jazz history and teaches jazz piano and trumpet.
Alan also taught for over thirty years at the Vancouver Community College School of Music (trumpet, jazz history, jazz piano and jazz ensembles).
He is a graduate of Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois and studied with Vincent Cichowicz. Alan has also studied with Stephen Chatman, Barbara Butler, Joe Newman and Clark Terry.
Alan also leads his own big band, nonet, septet and trio and has written arrangements for jazz legends Clark Terry and Bud Shank. As well, Alan has conducted big band tributes to Duke Ellington, Paul Whiteman and Louis Armstrong. He has also performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Louis Bellson and Phil Woods. Alan’s compositions have been performed by Julia Nolan (saxophone), Sal Ferreras (percussion), David Palmer (pipe organ) and Martin Hackelman (horn). His arrangements for big band have been performed by the Tulane University Jazz Ensemble and the Northwestern University Jazz Ensemble. Alan’s first CD “Intrada” was released in 2004 and his CDs “Duetti” and “Summer Evening” (recorded in Finland with bassist Wade Mikkola) were released in 2013 and 2015 respectively. Alan’s septet was featured along with the Pacific Baroque Orchestra at the 2016 Vancouver International Jazz Festival where they premiered Alan’s composition “Chaconne” for baroque and jazz chamber ensembles.
In December 2017, Alan and bassist Wade Mikkola released a new CD (“Souvenirs”) celebrating the music of the esteemed Finnish composers Jean Sibelius, Toivo Kärki, Erik Lindström and George de Godzinsky. The Vancouver Cantata Singers premiered Alan’s most recent choral compositions “Metsä” and “Vuodenajat” (with text by Riina Tamm) in May 2019. Alan has also been a regular instructor at the Otava, Finland “Classic Jazz Camp” since 2008 and performed in Helsinki and in July 2019 with saxophonist Juli Wood and Wade Mikkola at the Storyville Jazz Club.
Alan’s recordings are available on Apple Music and his compositions for brass instruments are available through Cherry Classics: https://cherryclassics.com