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My name is Matthew “Zip” Irvin. I currently reside in Richmond, Kentucky, located about 27 miles south of Lexington, Kentucky. I am a tenor and alto saxophonist, clarinetist, and flautist, as well as an arranger. My professional career spans the years 1974-2008, and I am currently still performing in Western North Carolina and in the Eastern Kentucky area..
My MySpace website features a selective discography of the work of me, Zip Irvin, over the years 1979-2004, whit a host of different artists: the Good Guys, the Bill Blue Band, Russ Wilson and his Mighty Mighty Men, the Countdown Quartet, and Louis Ledford's group, Used Carlotta. This is a selective, if not representative, sampling of what I am capable of doing; this is a partial discography. I have also recorded and arranged horn lines and sections for bands in the Washington, D.C. Richmond Virginia, Raleigh, North Carolina, and Winston-Salem North Carolina areas ranging from alternative rock groups (The House of Freaks), African American gospel (The Artistic Sounds), reggae (The Awareness Art Ensemble) and punk/new wave (The Prevaricators). I have an extensive recording and live music career spanning four decades and a host of genres: mainstream jazz, New Orleans style second line music, Western Swing influenced music, funk, Salsa and more traditional Cuban and Puerto Rican styles, North Carolina style “beach” music, African American gospel, ska, reggae, and even some work that might be categorized as hardcore punk, as well as avant-garde and European classical work.
I hold a Ph.D. in Sociology from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina and am currently an assistant professor of Sociology at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, KY.

Profile Summary:
Saxophonist Richmond, KY
Clarinetist Richmond, KY
Flautist Richmond, KY
Sociologist/ Research Richmond, KY
Sociologist/ University Professor Richmond, KY
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Bikram Hot yoga, Buddhism.
Work Experience:
See bio above for musical information. Also, on the sociological front, here is my curriculum vita. This dovetails with my musical work since about 1993.

Curriculum Vitae
Matthew Irvin
Department of Anthropology, Sociology and Social Work
Keith Building, Eastern Kentucky University
Richmond, KY
phone: (859) 622-2409

450 N. Keenland Drive, #201
Richmond KY 40475
Phone: (859) 353-5199
2006 Ph.D. North Carolina State University
1993 M.S. Virginia Commonwealth University
1991 B.S. Virginia Commonwealth University
Teaching Experience:
Courses under Development: Rural Sociology (independent study with students in Fall 2008), Contemporary Theory (Spring 2009)
Current: Assistant Professor. Eastern Kentucky University. Courses taught: Introductory Sociology, Mind Self, and Society, Sociology of Mass Media, Social Organization, Contemporary Theory, Social Statistics
July 2007.Visiting Assistant Professor . University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Course Taught: Social Inequality.
August 2006- June 2007. Visiting Assistant Professor . Salem College, Winston-Salem , NC. Courses Taught: Sociology of the Family. Critical Thinking in the Social Sciences. Urban and Community Sociology. Globalization. Sociology of Mass Media. Criminology.
August 2005-May 2006. Visiting Instructor. Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC. Courses Taught: Sociology of the Family. Social Problems.
August 2002- July 2005. Instructor, Department of Sociology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Courses Taught: Social Research Methods, Social Problems, Sociology of the Family, Sociology of Jobs and Work, Principles of Sociology.
July 2000-August 2002. Research Assistant. Department of Sociology and Anthropology, North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC. Professor Ronald Wimberley, principal investigator. Project Title: Food From Our Changing World: The Globalization of Food and How Americans Feel About It.
Ph.D.2006. Sociology: North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC
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Zip Irvin is located in Richmond, KY and has the following skills: Saxophonist, Clarinetist, Flautist, Sociologist/ Research, Sociologist/ University Professor
Music, Education, Science / Research
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My Skills


Category: Music
Alto, tenor saxophonist. I read music as well as arrange. See bio for details. I read music as well as having played in professional environments from pit orchestras to rock groups.
Relevant Education / Credentials
four years' private lessons with members of U.S. Army band, two years' formal music school education, (no terminal music degree)
Years Experience: 34


Category: Music
Clarinetist: I have been playing clarinet since I was eight years' old, covering any pertinent style including jazz, European classical music, pit orchestra work,
Relevant Education / Credentials
four years' private lessons with members of U.S. Army band, two years' formal music school education, (no terminal music degree) I read music as well as play by ear.
Years Experience: 43


Category: Music
My flute experience involves Cuban styles: son, charanga- as well as jazz and pit orchestra experience
Relevant Education / Credentials
one year private instruction
Years Experience: 23

Sociologist/ Research

Category: Science / Research
I have experience conducting and interpreting statistical analysis, with an emphasis on longitudinal data. My specialty is analysis of mass media ownership patterns and how they are affected by changes in regulatory regimes as a result of government legislation and deregulation. I also study patterns of inequality within organizations.
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D 2006.North Carolina State University
Years Experience: 7

Sociologist/ University Professor

Category: Education
My teaching experience is extensive and covers a broad range of topics within sociology. Currently , my emphasis is on developing upcoming courses in Statistical Analysis as well as contemporary Sociological theory. I am also developing courses to be taught online
Relevant Education / Credentials
Ph.D 2006 North Carolina State University
Years Experience: 14