A professional jazz musician for over fifty-five years, Matt plays flugelhorn, trumpet, flute, soprano sax and vibes. He performed for many years with Grammy-winning baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola and studied composition with Edgar Curtis, Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
Currently performing in several big bands, Matt led Rio JAZZ, a Brazilian jazz concert sextet from 1988 to 2018. In concert, Matt plays Brazilian sambas and bossa novas, jazz classics, and original compositions.
A long-time member of American Federation of Musicians Local 238, Matt is a retired professor of computer information systems and was academic dean at Dutchess Community College in Poughkeepsie, New York. For many years, Matt accomplished his goal of learning to play a new instrument every year to improve his composing and arranging abilities. Not only a multi-instrumentalist, he is in demand as a composer, arranger, sound engineer and recording sideman.
He is featured on ten CDs released since 2006. In 2013, Matt orchestrated and performed four of his Brazilian jazz compositions in concert with the Northern Dutchess Symphony Orchestra.
► "Flugelhorn master!" - Poughkeepsie Journal
► "Your playing certainly is top notch." - Russ Davis, XM Radio Channel 72 (Beyond Jazz)
► "Matt's execution is virtually flawless; he smokes on every tune." - WWW.VINILEMANIA.NET
► "Remarkable technique on trumpet & flugelhorn" - Schenectady Gazette
► "Standout solo trumpet" - Troy Times Record
► Matt's CD, "Brazilian Wish", features nine of his original Brazilian jazz compositions and an all-star lineup produced by Jon Werking. World-best musicians include Romero Lubambo, Warren Bernhardt, Mark Egan, Joel Rosenblatt, Jon Werking, Tomas Martin Lopez, Dave Finck, Jeff Siegel, Jeff Ciampa, Dan Levine, Barry Danelian and David Mann. It's Rio JAZZ in a box!
► "Brazilian Wish showcases thirteen of the hippest Brazilian jazz performers in the world. Silky smooth grooves are expertly crafted and easy on the soul. This disc never takes its eyes off its roots, and is a hybrid of Brazilian sonic structures under sleek, melodic American style jazz." - J. Spica, Chronogram and WVKR Radio
|Calendar for Matt Finley|
|Smithfield Church 15th Annual Christmas Concert & Tea|
with Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley, featuring Christopher Brellochs
Acoustic. Variety, Mostly Classical
|The Smithfield Presbyterian Church|
656 Smithfield Valley Road, (Rt. 83)
Amenia, NY See Map
|The public is invited to the Fifteenth Annual Christmas Concert and Tea at the Smithfield Church in the Smithfield Valley of Amenia at 4 PM on Saturday, December 7. This year's guest artist is Dr. Christopher Brellochs, performing selections from his recent sabbatical research on Music of the Gilded Age.|
The concert will also feature the Smithfield instrumental ensemble including flautists Lynnette Benner and Michelle Demko, clarinetist Norman Baker, pianist Michael Pennington, violist Piotr Kargul, violinists Akiko Kamigawara & Rob Murphy, and arranger/director Matt Finley on trumpet. Also performing are vocalists Monte Stone and Denise Jordan Finley, poet Kevin McEneaney, and Nancy Brown.
Tea and delicacies will be served in the church community room after the music. There is temporarily no handicap access. Admission to the event is free and a collection basket will be passed during the program for donations to benefit the church.
CDs by Matt Finley
|Brazilian Wish 2006|
Jazz, Latin, and Contemporary
Exciting CD by jazz composer and flugelhorn artist Matt Finley featuring Matt's original Brazilian jazz sambas and bossa novas with world-best studio musicians. It's Rio JAZZ in a box!
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