A Denver native, saxophonist Matt Burchard is an award-winning alum of University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music. Matt also holds a masters in jazz studies from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music.
Matt became playing the saxophone at 13.
“I took to [the saxophone] naturally and would practice without anyone telling me to,” Matt said. “I would just do it for the fun of it.”
An educator, composer and arranger, Matt is a versatile musician skilled in jazz, classical, funk, musicals, and Latin music.
“A word I would use to describe my style is eclectic,” Matt said. “I try to incorporate a bunch of different styles when I’m writing music and when I’m playing.”
Through his music, Matt strives to bring people together.
“I’m trying to do what music did for me when I was younger,” Matt said. “I want people who listen to me play to forget about their worries for a bit or to realize that someone out there understands [their] pain, [that they’re] not alone in [their] suffering.”
Matt has performed with the Colorado Wind Ensemble, Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and Metropolitan Jazz Orchestra.
“You can learn a lot about music through life, and you can learn about life by playing music,” Matt said.
To celebrate 30 years on the air and invest in the future of jazz, KUVO interviewed 30 local musicians under the age of 30. These features will be released on-air and online June 29-October 31.