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Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley  ... is a Band performing Jazz, Contemporary, and Singer-Songwriter music.

When they met, it was for each of them the sound of the other's music that was the attraction... they were both just 21 years old. He had played jazz since the age of 11 in the resorts of Lake George, NY, where he grew up. She was a folk singer who since getting her first guitar at 13, was just budding as a legitimate songwriter. It took decades of marriage, three children, hundreds of gigs and seven albums before they decided that they might try playing the music they loved... together... they met in the middle just this year, and they love where they are!

Matt Finley's band Rio Jazz has been performing Brazilian jazz for over thirty years. Denise Jordan Finley has toured world-wide as a singer-guitarist-songwriter and has won numerous awards for her songs, which have been placed as high as number one in the Folk DJ List in the areas of song, album and artist.

The sound they have created by combining their very different styles generates poignancy that is rhythmically powerful.


Contact Info
Location: Dutchess County, NY

Calendar for Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley
November 26
2:00 pm
4:00 pm
20-piece big band plays at The Strand
with Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley, North Country Jazz Project
Jazz. Big Band
Strand Theater
210 Main Street
Hudson Falls, NY   See Map
This 20-piece big band returns to play jazz at The Strand. The ensemble will have you dancing in the aisles to classic big band and jazz tunes. A certain crowd pleaser!

General admission:$15 / Senior, student, veteran $12
December 2
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
Smithfield Church 13th Annual Christmas Concert & Tea
with Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley, featuring Gavin Black
Acoustic. Mostly Classical
The Smithfield Presbyterian Church
656 Smithfield Valley Road, (Rt. 83)
Amenia, NY   See Map
The public is invited to the Thirteenth Annual Christmas Concert and Tea at the Smithfield Church in the Smithfield Valley of Amenia at 4 PM on Saturday, December 2. This year's guest artist is Gavin Black, organist who will perform from the works of Buxtehude and Pachelbel.

The concert will also feature the Smithfield instrumental ensemble including flautist Michelle Demko, clarinetist Norman Baker, bassist Kyle Behnken, violist Piotr Kargul, violinist Rob Murphy and arranger Matt Finley on trumpet. Also vocalists Monte Stone and Denise Jordan Finley, poet Kevin McEneaney, and pianist Connor Whelan. A folk ensemble including Tim Capowski, guitarist and Ted Rathjen on mandolin will complete the program.

Tea and delicacies will be served in the church community room after the music. Admission to the event is free to all members of the church and the general community. A collection basket will be passed during the program for donations to benefit the church.
January 20
7:00 pm
10:00 pm
Jazz and contemporary
with Matt Finley and Denise Jordan Finley, also Peter Tomlinson, Don Miller, and Peter O'Brien
Jazz, Contemporary, and Singer-Songwriter
Lydia's Cafe
7 Old US Hwy 209
Stone Ridge, NY   See Map
Denise Jordan Finley, award-winning singer/songwriter, and Matt Finley, Brazilian jazz flügelhorn artist and leader of Rio JAZZ are combining songwriting talents. Denise is writing lyrics to sing Matt's jazz compositions, and Matt is writing jazz arrangements to play Denise's compositions. They are meeting in the middle to play this inventive music.

Come enjoy the music at Lydia's Cafe along with their fine food and a great listening atmosphere.

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