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|
with Smithfield Chamber Orchestra, Matt Finley
Classical/Opera, Instrumental, and Acoustic
|The Smithfield Church|
656 Smithfield Valley Road
Amenia, NY See Map
|Who: The Smithfield Chamber Orchestra under the direction of Matt Finley
What: Pops concert
When: Saturday, May 29 at 4 pm
Where: The Smithfield Church, 656 Smithfield Valley Road (Route 83) Amenia, NY 12501
Why: An event eighteen months in the making to benefit church concerts in a socially-safe setting
Rain or shine. Bring lawn seating in case of a large turnout. Concert will be in the church if rain.
The Smithfield Chamber Orchestra is:
Norman Baker - clarinet
Lynnette Benner - cello
Michelle Demko - flute
Matt Finley - trumpet, flute, arranger, director
Piotr Kargul - viola
Judith Muir - clarinet
Rob Murphy - violin
Lou Pappas - double bass
Selections include Nimrod from Enigma Variations (Edward Elgar); The Girl with the Flaxen Hair (Claude Debussy) ; Moorside Suite ( Holst) and more.
This concert is sponsored by the Bang Family Concert Series.
Open to the public. Suggested donation $20.
For more info:
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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