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Carlos Mata-Alvarez

Adjunct Faculty, Jazz Composition
Department(s): Music
Phone: 702-553-5376


Carlos Mata-Alvarez is an award-winning composer/arranger, producer, and woodwind performer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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.

He graduated with a B.M. in Jazz Studies from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2015, and completed his M.M. 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. While there, he received a fellowship through the Henry Mancini Institute Orchestra. Mata-Alvarez was the graduate assistant for this flagship commercial orchestra at the Frost School, working 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 new 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 Mata-Alvarez teaching as an adjunct professor at the UNLV school of music, as well as subbing on several production shows on the strip, most recently playing on "BAZ - A musical tour de force” at the Palazzo on keyboards and woodwinds.