A versatile and subtle drummer/percussionist, Matt is not only comfortable in straight-ahead settings but also attracted to the freedom offered by more avant-garde musical situations. T
his flexibility led to a banner year in 2003 when he was voted Drummer of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association and the #1 Rising Star Drummer in the Down Beat International Jazz Critics Poll. Born in Illinois in 1964, Matt began playing drums in grade school, studied at Wichita State University and later worked in the Midwest as a freelance musician and teacher.
In 1987, he moved to Boston where he played with the Either/Orchestra and the Charlie Kohlhase Quintet and in 1992 he relocated to New York where he has performed with Dewey Redman, Cecil McBee, Lee Konitz, Fred Hersch, Tim Hagans and Ingrid Jensen, among others. Matt released As Wave Follows Wave, his solo debut as a leader which prominently features tenor saxophonist Redman, on Palmetto Records in 1996 and he has since appeared as a sideman on dozens of other recordings. Humidity, his fifth recording for Palmetto, was released in 2003.
This summer in addition to performing at the Vail Jazz Festival Matt will be touring with his own quartet, the Lee Konitz Nonet and with Charlie Haden’s Liberation Music Orchestra.