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 www.myspace.zipirvinsmusic.com 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.
Saxophonist Richmond, KY
Clarinetist Richmond, KY
Flautist Richmond, KY
Sociologist/ Research Richmond, KY
Sociologist/ University Professor Richmond, KY