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|
|Intimate Brazilian Jazz Concert|
with Matt Finley, Larry Ham, Lou Pappas, Jeff 'Siege' Siegel
Jazz. , originals and Brazilian jazz
|The Smithfield Presbyterian Church|
656 Smithfield Valley Road
Amenia, NY See Map
|Flugelhorn player, composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Matt Finley hosts a small group of world-class performers for an hour of live jazz. This concert will feature the music of Brazil and original compositions by Matt and the band.
A pioneer of Brazilian jazz, having played professionally since 1963, Matt is often heard in the jazz trumpet chair in regional big bands, or even piccolo trumpet, flute or soprano sax as Director of the Smithfield Chamber Orchestra. This concert marks five years since his last small-group performance and will feature his favorite instrument, the flugelhorn.
In the intimate atmosphere of the historic Smithfield Church, the sounds will be anchored by internationally-touring pianist Larry Ham. Everyone's favorite bassist Lou Pappas returns on acoustic bass, and Jeff 'Siege' Siegel brings his light touch on drums.
The concert is sponsored by the Bang Family Concert Series. A $20 donation is suggested.
Info: (518) 598-8276
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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