A professional musician for over fifty-five years, multi-instrumentalist Matt Finley is a native of Lake George, New York. He graduated from Union College, where he led a combined Union/SUNY Albany/RPI Jazz Workshop to a semi-final appearance at the American College Jazz Festival and received honorable mention in the New York Times. Matt earned his master's degree from the College of Saint Rose and is permanently certified to teach music in New York State. He performed for many years with Grammy-winning baritone saxophonist Nick Brignola and was a featured trumpet soloist and arranger with the Albany Jazz Workshop. Matt studied composition with Edgar Curtis, Director of the Albany Symphony Orchestra.
A life 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.
Matt led Rio JAZZ, a Brazilian jazz concert sextet he formed in 1988 featuring recording artists Peter Tomlinson, Jeff Ciampa, Mark Egan, and more than forty outstanding world-class jazz performers over the past thirty years. Matt is also musical director for his wife, singer/songwriter Denise Jordan Finley for her large-scale projects. They live in New York's Mid-Hudson Valley and in Lake George.
Flugelhorn master! - Poughkeepsie Journal
Remarkable technique on trumpet & flugelhorn - Schenectady Gazette
Standout solo trumpet - Troy Times Record
Execution is virtually flawless; he smokes on every tune - Frank Villafane, VINILEMANIA.NET
Your playing certainly is top-notch - best of luck - Russ Davis, XM Radio
Great energy! Warm, bright & relaxed. - Kate Goldsmith, Dutchess News
Your CD sounds great! - Rachell Bivins, ABYSSJazz Magazine