Southwest High School’s Keith Liuzzi receives 2012 Jane Matteson Jazz Educator Award
The Dakota Foundation for Jazz Education (DFJE) is pleased to announce the selection of Keith Liuzzi as recipient of the 2012 Jane Matteson Award for Outstanding Jazz Educator, presented at the DFJE Jazz Brunch fundraiser at the Dakota Jazz Club on April 22.
In addition to serving as the Instrumental Music Director at Southwest High School in Minneapolis for 17 years, Liuzzi works with multiple Southwest High School jazz ensembles. Several of these award-winning jazz ensembles have been featured at Dakota Fest and at the Artists Quarter in the Young Artists Series. At a regional conference for music educators, Liuzzi and his students presented an informance on jazz combos as an important part of jazz education. Each week on Jazz 88 KBEM Radio, students learn via “Jazz at Southwest,” a one-hour program hosted by and featuring student musicians.
As a professional musician, Liuzzi sings in an a cappella quartet, Merrie Old Christmas Carolers; is a church soloist; and plays trombone with various Twin Cities orchestras and jazz groups. He is a member of the Minnesota Band Directors Association (MBDA), Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA) and the American String Teachers Association (ASTA). A graduate of Augsberg College, he is currently working on his Masters of Music Education degree from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago.