Born and raised in south Florida, Ken Mattis received both a Bachelor of Music degree in studio and jazz performance and a Master of Music degree in studio and jazz writing from the University of Miami. During his two years of graduate work, Ken was awarded the teaching assistantship for the jazz saxophone studio, a role that involved instructing private saxophone lessons and small jazz ensembles, as well as assisting the faculty in improvisational courses. As a member of the award-winning University of Miami Concert Jazz Band, he was afforded the opportunity to perform with a wide variety of jazz artists, ranging from Wynton Marsalis to Joe Lovano. Professional performance credits include artists and groups, such as The Temptations, Raul DiBlasio, Doc Severinsen, the Naples Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra.
Ken is currently maintains both performance and writing careers in the South Florida area. He is also an adjunct faculty member of Palm Beach Community College, where he teaches a course involving MIDI and digital audio workstations.