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Matt Finley  ... is a Band performing Jazz, Latin, and World music.

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 50-year lifetime member of American Federation of Musicians, 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 eleven 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

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Contact Info
Location: Dutchess County, NY
Phone: (518) 398-7376


Calendar for Matt Finley
June 1
4:00 pm
5:15 pm
4th Annual Spring Pops Concert
with Smithfield Chamber Orchestra, Matt Finley
Instrumental. Classical, Pop, and Jazz
The Smithfield Church
656 Smithfield Valley Road
Amenia, NY   See Map
Smithfield Chamber Orchestra directed by Matt Finley


Saturday, June 1, 2024 at 4 pm

The Smithfield Church, Amenia, NY

This popular group returns to play classical, jazz and pop music by Leroy Anderson, Igor Stravinsky, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Gustav Holst, Matt Finley, Denise Jordan Finley, Larry Carlton, Jules Massenet, and John Phillip Sousa.

Lynnette Benner - flute
Michelle Demko - flute
Matt Finley - trumpet, arranger, director
Charles Gray - clarinet, sax
Larry Ham - piano
Steve Hubbert - trombone
Denise Jordan Finley - percussion
Piotr Kargul - viola
Milt Lee - conductor, trumpet
Rob Murphy - violin
Lou Pappas - double bass
Jeff Siegel - drums
Kay Sutka, clarinet
Jean Vilkelis - cello

Selections include Firebird Finale, The Typewriter, Small Town Girl, Under the Radar, When She's Gone, Song Without Words, Double Rainbow, and Semper Fidelius.

Sponsored by the Bang Family Concert Series. Free. $20 donation suggested.
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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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